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A Norwegian soft blue farmhouse cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk has been named the best cheese of 202

A Norwegian soft blue farmhouse cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk has been named the best cheese of 202

A Norwegian soft blue farmhouse cheese made from pasteurized cow's milk has been named the best cheese of 2023, triumphing over more than 4,500 entries from 43 countries at the 35th annual World Cheese Awards, held in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim this week. The announcement was made on Friday evening.

One of the judges described the blue mold cheese, known as Nidelven Blå, as having an exceptional texture that offers a delightful pairing with the cheesemakers' own "fig marmalade with port wine."

"It has this short creaminess and a real dense fudginess," remarked judge Finbar Deery.

This award-winning cheese is crafted by third-generation farmers, the Norwegian husband and wife duo Maren and Ole Gangstadt. Winning such a prestigious accolade on their home turf was particularly meaningful for them as a small, local dairy.

Maren expressed her excitement, saying, "Having all of the crew from the dairy here just adds an extra spark to it."

The World Cheese Awards, considered a "truly global cheese event," is organized by the Guild of Fine Food. The competition brings together cheese producers, retailers, buyers, and food experts from around the world to determine which cheese stands out in terms of taste, aroma, flavor, and texture.

During this year's event, a record-breaking 4,502 cheeses from 43 countries were judged by an international panel of 264 judges representing 38 nations. A "super jury" composed of 16 experts from various parts of the world then sampled the "top 100 Super Gold cheeses" to select the finalists.

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