World Cheese Awards

A truly global cheese event, World Cheese brings together cheesemakers, retailers, buyers, consumers and food commentators worldwide to judge nearly 4,000 cheeses from over 40 countries.

World Cheese Awards 2022

It is with mixed emotions, but with enormous pride and excitement, that we are taking the 2022 edition of the World Cheese Awards to Wales, supported by the Welsh Government.

We look forward to you joining us in November with your entries this year at the International Conference Centre Wales.

As you will almost certainly be aware, we should be in Kyiv in November this year. The Guild of Fine Food, organisers of World Cheese, will be working hard to ensure that our support for the cheesemakers of Ukraine is continued this year and beyond. It is a postponement, rather than a cancellation.

We would like to thank the Welsh Government for their quick thinking and support this year.

To our World Cheese Awards community, we look forward to working with you all to deliver this celebration of cheese from around the world. More information will follow, with judges to be invited this summer.

The 2021 edition of the World Cheese Awards took place in Oviedo, Spain – having been rescheduled from its original date of 2020 (due to Covid-19). Watch all the action here:

Key Dates 2022

25 July 2022

Open for entry

Entry opens

20 September 2022

Entry closes

Entry closes - OR before if capacity is reached

Mid-late October 2022

Deliveries due to the consolidation points

Delivery dates, addresses & instructions will be issued to entrants with delivery labels nearer the delivery date

1 November 2022

World Cheese Awards 2022: Cheeses staged

2 November 2022

World Cheese Awards 2022: Judging

Judging takes place

2 November 2022

World Cheese Market 2022

An event for anyone who buys, sells, or makes cheese in a trade environment

3 November 2022

World Cheese Awards 2022: Judges' events

Cheese, food & drink tours

4 November 2022

World Cheese Awards 2022: Results

Results will be verified and published 24-48 hours after judging

World Cheese Awards 2022

In 2022, we are taking the next edition of the World Cheese Awards to Wales, supported by the Welsh Government.

To our World Cheese Awards community, we look forward to working with you all to deliver this celebration of cheese from around the world. More information will follow, with judges to be invited this summer.

We look forward to you joining us with your entries this year at the International Conference Centre Wales.

Entry information - World Cheese Awards 2022

Terms & Conditions |  Category List  |   Sample Entry Form


French  |  Règlement Du Concours
Greek  | Οροι και προϋποθέσεισ
Italian  | Termini E Condizioni
Portuguese  | Termos E Condições
Spanish  | Términos Y Condiciones


How does it work?

The first step to entering is to register and pay for your entries online via the MyGuild portal once entry is open from 25 July 2022.  You can register your company details in advance, but please try to avoid setting up a duplicate company account.  If someone in your business has already got a company account, then they can add you as a user.

Eligibility

Please note we are not permitted to accept entries of cheeses from the following countries: Barbados, Ecuador, Georgia, Peru, Russia, Taiwan and Venezuela.

Delivery instructions

Consolidation points are organised across the world to receive World Cheese Awards entries from cheesemakers and from there the cheeses are transported to the judging venue.

Consolidation Point Map – Coming soon

Delivery instructions will be issued to confirmed entrants in October 2022 via your MyGuild account.  Normally you will be asked to make delivery to the consolidation point nearest to your business and will be provided with delivery labels, guidance on the quantity to send and the latest date by which the cheeses can be received.

Please do not send any cheeses until you have received your delivery instructions.

Important information for entries from outside of the UK

If you are planning to enter cheeses from a country outside of the UK, you will be required to provide documentation to ensure that your cheeses will be accepted for delivery in the UK.

Information to follow on documents required.

If you have any questions about the documents please contact worldcheese@gff.co.uk.

World Cheese Market 2022

The World Cheese Market takes place on 2 November, alongside the world’s most important cheese awards, the World Cheese Awards, at the International Conference Centre Wales.

Click here for more information.

The judging panel

The quality and balance of our judging panel is really important to us. This gives the World Cheese Awards the credibility and trust that has been built up over 30 years.  We work hard on the panel every year to make sure judges from across the world are included.  Last year, even with covid restrictions, judges came from 38 countries – often supported with travel arrangements by us and the host country to make sure any barriers to attending were limited – and represented technologists, graders, retailers, journalists, buyers, chefs, producers and key industry professionals and influencers.

This year we look forward to welcoming a similarly diverse panel to Wales.  Every year, the judging panel is reconsidered, and every person assessed for what they bring to the overall group.  There are many wonderful cheese professionals around the world who could bring their expertise to the panel and places are rotated for each edition.  Every year, we receive new suggestions for the panel and each year new judges are added having submitted a satisfactory application and biography. This ensures we achieve a balance of age, gender, and discipline within the dairy industry.

We’re always open to suggestions, so if you know of anyone you think would make a valuable addition to the judging panel, please email judges@gff.co.uk and they will be considered for the next edition.

How the competition works

Cheeses are sent from all round the world to be judged in a single day by carefully assembled teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers.

Judges work in teams of three, to identify any cheeses worthy of a gold, silver or bronze award. They looked at the rind and the body of the cheese, its colour, texture, consistency and, above all, its taste. Each of the teams then nominate one exceptional cheese as the Super Gold from their table.

These top-flight cheeses are the best in the world and were then judged a second time by the Super Jury of internationally-recognised experts, who each selected a cheese to champion in the final round of judging. The Super Jury, representing all four corners of the globe, then debated the final cheeses in front of a live consumer and trade audience, before choosing the World Champion Cheese live on WCA TV, with cheese lovers across the globe tuning in for the drama.

As well as striving for Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Gold, there are country and cheese specific trophies.

World Cheese entry alerts

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What happens if you win a World Cheese award?

We want you to be able to share your good news with everybody, whether online, on the shelves or in the local press.

Click here to see some of the different ways we can help.

2021 Results information (2022 information coming soon)

Results are now available for our entrants – click here to see your results in your MyGuild account

Click here to see how you can promote your award and order labels and logo artwork

Public results listings are now available at www.worldcheeseawards.com/wca-results

WCA 21-22 Trophies – download pdf

WCA 21-22 Super Gold Top 16 – download pdf

A full list of the 88 Super Golds can be viewed here

Cost of entry

  • 2022 Entry Prices
  • Company turnover: less than £1m
    £52 per product (+VAT)
  • Company turnover: £1m - £5m
    £59 per product (+VAT)
  • Company turnover: more than £5m
    £75 per product (+VAT)

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Cymru Wales
  • Llywodraeth Cymru | Welsh Government
  • Barber's
  • Kalt Maschinenbau AG
  • Le Gruyère AOP
  • Meny
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • USA Cheese Guild
  • Agri Expo
  • Atalanta
  • Lacteo
  • Provision Trade Federation
  • Rennet & Rind
  • Rupp
  • Somerdale
  • Academy of Cheese
  • Rowcliffe
  • Shepherd's Purse
  • White Lake Cheese
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