Époisses crowned best cheese in the world 

An oozingly good cheese from Burgundy has been crowned the best cheese in the world at Le Mondial du Fromage et des Produits Laitiers. 

The contest, held in Tours in the Loire Valley, saw 855 cheeses from 48 different countries battle it out for the illustrious title. 

And the winner was an Époisses from Fromagerie Berthaut in the village of Époisses, where staff have been struggling to keep up with demand since their win catapulted them to the top of the cheeseboard. Époisses is a famously whiffy, gooey cheese made from cow’s milk and washed in Marc de Bourgogne, the local pomace brandy. 

Since its creation in 2013, the biennial Mondial du Fromage has become the key event for the cheese and diary industry, bringing together refiners, dairy workers, distributors, equipment manufacturers and chefs… as well as attracting nearly 3,000 hungry visitors. As well as the competition, it is a chance to showcase new products and innovations in the sector as well as holding workshops and conferences. 

The sixth edition saw a jury of 12, headed by Stéphane Layani, the chief executive of the Rungis International Market in Paris, sample products unlabelled so as to ensure impartiality. And it will come as little surprise that France secured eight out of the top ten places. 

Top Ten Cheeses 2023: 

  1. Époisses Berthaut Perriére (French) 
  2. L’Etivaz AOP (Swiss) 
  3. Couronne de Touraine (French) 
  4. Fromager d’Affinois le Fromager (French) 
  5. Camembert Au Lait Cru (French) 
  6. Le Petit Cru Bio (French) 
  7. Trèfle du Perche (French) 
  8. Caprinus do Lago (Brazilian) 
  9. Chabichoi du Poitou AOP (French) 
  10. Le Charolais AOP (French) 

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