Cheesemongers aim for top cheese at Swiss awards

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Staff inspect the presentation before the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Judges inspect a piece of cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Judges inspect a piece of cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
A judge scrapes melted Raclette cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
A judge smells a piece of Emmental cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Pieces of Sbrinz cheese are displayed during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Judges inspect pieces of cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
A judge inspects a piece of Emmental cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Judges inspect a piece of Vacherin cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
A judge cuts a slice of Emmental cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Staff inspect the presentation before the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
A judge inspects a piece of Emmental cheese during the Swiss Cheese Awards competition in Le Sentier, Switzerland September 23, 2016. One hundred and fourty-two experts have to choose the best out of 777 cheeses from 353 producers competing in 28 categories. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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LE SENTIER, Switzerland - Cheesemakers gathered in Switzerland's Joux Valley on Friday for the Swiss Cheese Awards, putting their local specialties up for inspection.

Around 150 judges will be inspecting hundreds of cheeses, looking specifically at taste and consistency.

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