World Cheese Awards

World Cheese Awards 2022

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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.

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: Cheese staged

2 November 2022

World Cheese Awards 2022: Judging

Judging takes place

3 November 2022

World Cheese Awards 2022: Judges' events

Tasting Tours

4 November 2022

World Cheese Awards 2022: Results

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

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

2021 Entry information (2022 information coming soon)

World Cheese Awards 2021 information (for reference only):

Terms & Conditions  |   Category List  |    Example entry form

French  |   Règlements 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.

 

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

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 European Union (EU)

If you are planning to enter cheeses from a country outside of the EU you will be required to receive approval from the Spanish authorities to ensure that your cheeses will be accepted for delivery.

Please apply to your health authority for an official Export to EU Health Certificate.  This must be signed by the health authorities in the country of origin and a copy sent to worldcheese@gff.co.uk as soon as possible.

If you are unable to apply for an official Export to EU Health Certificate, below we have provided a template declaration certificate for completion.  Please download and complete the relevant template, have this signed by an official veterinarian or competent health authority, AND also the company representative responsible for quality assurance. If you are sending BOTH cheeses made with raw milk AND cheeses made with pasteurised milk, please complete a separate copy of the certificate for each type of milk.  The exporter of the cheeses must complete Part I of the health certificate.

Copies of the completed certificate(s) should be emailed to worldcheese@gff.co.uk BEFORE you send your cheeses and the original version(s) sent with your cheeses.  The certificates will be forwarded to Spain ahead of the shipment of the cheeses.  Any non-EU cheeses that are sent without pre-submitting a signed health certificate will not be accepted for delivery.

Template for entrants based outside of the EU (except UK): WCA21 certificate template
Template for UK-based entrants only:  WCA21 certificate template UK entrants

Note: Updated forms for 2022 will be published later this year.

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

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 Awards 2022

More information to follow

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.

Cost of entry

  • Company turnover: less than £1m
    £49 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

  • Barber's
  • Deliziosa
  • Le Gruyère AOP
  • Meny
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Rowcliffe
  • Savencia Fromage & Dairy
  • USA Cheese Guild
  • Somerdale
  • Provision Trade Federation
  • Rennet & Rind
  • Agri Expo
  • Atalanta
  • Food & Drink Wales
  • Lacteo
  • Rupp
  • Shepherd's Purse
  • Academy of Cheese
  • Lynher Dairies
  • Quicke's Est. 1540
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