French­man named as world’s best cheese­mon­ger

The China Post - - ARTS LIFE -

A French­man was on Sun­day named the world’s best cheese­mon­ger at a com­pe­ti­tion in France, main­tain­ing na­tional pride in a coun­try famed the world over for its love of all things cheese.

Fa­bien De­goulet, the son of dairy mer­chants, tri­umphed over a dozen lead­ing can­di­dates from around the world to cap­ture the ti­tle at the In­ter­na­tional Best Cheese­mon­ger Com­pe­ti­tion, or­ga­niz­ers said.

De­goulet, 31, lives in Ja­pan and came to the north­west­ern French city of Tours to battle it out against ri­vals hail­ing from the United States, Bel­gium, China and Is­rael.

An in­ter­na­tional jury of pro­fes­sion­als picked the cham­pion cheese- mon­ger based on tests of the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge, taste pair­ing, cut­ting and cheese pre­sen­ta­tion.

For their piece de re­sis­tance, the contestants cre­ated a one square me­ter cheese tray on the theme of the “Art of cheese.”

Sec­ond place went to Guil­laume Car­dinet, a French­man, with Bel­gian Nathalie Van­haver tak­ing third place.

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