Brazilian cheeses win 5 super gold medals in world competition

September 17, 2021

The Mondial du Fromage aims to discover the best cheeses in the world, and its 5th edition had Brazil as one of the main countries on the medals table. Behind only France, Brazilian cheeses won 57 medals, 5 of which were super gold, the top award. This remarkable achievement highlights the quality and craftsmanship of Brazilian cheeses, putting them on the global map of gourmet dairy products.

Cheese making was brought to Brazil by European migrants, especially the Italians and Germans who mainly settled in the south, as well as the Portuguese. The state most famed for its cheeses is undoubtedly Minas Gerais, with more than 30,000 cheesemakers, according to the state government. In fact, one of the most traditional types of Brazilian cheese is named Minas cheese (queijo Minas) because it’s origins; it’s also a central ingredient in Pão de Queijo, the little cheesy tapioca buns loved both within Brazil and overseas.

According to the SerTãoBras institution, 183 cheeses from Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Pará, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Paraná took part in the world ‘s competition in September in Loire Valley, France.

The event featured 900 cheeses from 46 countries and a total of 331 medals were distributed. Brazil won 11 gold medals, 26 silver medals, and 16 bronze medals – with 5 super gold medals, an award given to cheeses who have already won a gold medal, but deserve to be mentioned again: 

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Brazilian cheeses: super gold cheeses

Minas Crafted Quilombo Cheese In Cachaça – Ivacy Pires Dos Santos

Canasta do Ivair – Reserve – Ivair José De Oliveira

Queijo Santo Casamenteiro – Laticínios Cruzília

Mandala Cheese Matured 12 Months – Pardinho Artesanal

Canastra Serjao Cheese Matured 100 Days – Sergio De Paula Alves

São Paulo won 15 medals and had one of the Brazilian highlights: cheesemaker Camila Almeida, from Estância Silvania farm, got 2 gold medals with Primavera Silvania and Serrinha cheese in beer, 1 bronze with Taiada Silvania and 2 silver medals with matured cheeses.

According to Débora Sperat Czar, president of SerTãoBras, the value of a winning cheese can rise up to 200%, therefore, the participation of artisanal producers in this type of competition is crucial to leverage the industry in Brazil, the world’s fourth largest milk and cheese producer.

Since 2019, Brazil has had the edition of the World Cheese, in partnership with the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. The second edition, in September 2022, will be in Inhotim, Minas Gerais.

Tatiana Cesso

As a journalist, I've made it my mission to explore and share stories that inspire, inform, and entertain. You may have stumbled upon my work in esteemed publications such as InStyle, Marie Claire, Bazaar, L’Officiel, and Vogue, among others. Having called the U.S. home since 2010, I've lived in Chicago, LA, and currently, Miami. But my heart always beats to the rhythm of Brazil. It's where I was born and raised, and my love for its culture, people, and energy knows no bounds. To share this passion, I've founded Brazilcore, a platform aimed at bridging the gap between Brazil and English speakers worldwide.

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