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Swiss cheese takes top place

Judges in Wisconsin hoist the winning cheese, a Swiss Emmentaler, at the world cheese championship Keystone

A Swiss Emmentaler has won the title of 2014 World Championship Cheese, held in Wisconsin, US, this week. Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger took first place for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler, a large format, big wheel Swiss cheese.

Out of a possible 100 points, the Emmentaler scored 97.85 in the final round of judging on Wednesday. The cheese scored top honours out of 2,615 entries from 22 countries.

An Austrian entry, called Erzherzog Johann, came in second place. Another Swiss entry, Gruyere AOP, was third. American cheesemakers scored big in the competition, winning gold medals in 59 of the 90 categories judged. Switzerland came in second with seven gold medals, while the Netherlands had five. Among the US entries, Wisconsin dominated with 33 gold medals.

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