A Dutch cheesemaker won the first prize at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison on Thursday. This announced the organization of the World Cup in the U.S. city of Madison. The winning cheese is made by Vermeer from Friesland Campina in Wolvega, The Netherlands.
The Dutch cheese beat two Swiss cheeses, and marked the first time in four contests the Swiss did not take top honors.
The contest, held every two years in Madison, typically draws more than 2,000 entries from nearly two-dozen nations. The three-day contest began on Monday, with judges grading 2,500 entries in 82 cheese and butter classes on flavor, texture, body and color. The second and third place went to cheesemakers from Switzerland.