The 29th annual World Cheese Awards have just been held and the overall winner of the Best Cheese in the World has been awarded to a small, family run dairy called Tingvollost, on the west coast of Norway.
The eventual winning cheese from Tingvollost was their Kraftkar, a blue cheese with a nicely-developed mold, a soft creaminess when it crumbles, and “it coats your tongue with a real soft landing.”
Tingvollost only make 5 varieties of cheese – a mixture of whites and blues, so it was an especially significant win for them, with the company spokesman Gunnar Waagen saying,
“I have no words. It is marvellous. I don’t believe it.”
“We’ve made cheese for about 10 years. We are a little family in the middle of Norway trying to do our best every day. We get up early and sleep late.”
The awards, this year held in beautiful San Sebastián, in Northern Spain, has judges and cheeses from all over the world, with a panel of 4 judges per table – 16 tables in all, awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to the top cheeses, and then one overall Super-Gold award to the top cheese on each table.
The 16 Super-gold cheeses which will then be championed by that table’s judges to eventually become the World Champion.
All the cheese Tingvollost make is from pasteurized milk from their own cows. They currently have 4 generation of the family working on the farm, so are especially proud of their achievement.
Hooray for the little guys I say, and I’m booking my ticket tomorrow! Now, where’s that wine-list?