An undeniably delicious farmhouse blue cheese from Norway called Kraftkar, made with pasteurised cow’s milk, was voted best cheese in the world on Wednesday, beating off stiff competition from more than 3,000 entries at the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastián, Spain.
Yes, the World Cheese Awards are a thing. And we're delighted.
It was deemed “the best cheese ever made” after competing against all 28 previous winners of the title.
Winning cheesemaker Gunnar Waagen had this to say about the win:
We are a family-run farm and work long days to make our cheese. We get up early every day and go to bed very late to make the best cheese we can, and so to win this award, I am very proud.
The 266 cheese experts from 26 different countries tasted, graded the entries in just one day - awarding bronze, silver, gold and super gold awards to worthy entries.
These were then reassessed by a team of 16 Super Jury members, before the world champion was announced.
A noble quest, indeed.