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Cheese World Cup: The Champion!

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It's the moment of truth.

After six weeks of frantic voting, epic matches and shocking defeats (who could forget Mozzarella getting knocked out in the semi-finals? Or Gouda's surprise exit from the first round?), we finally have a champion in the 2012 Stylist Cheese World Cup.

You voted in your hundreds in the nail-biting final that was England (Cornish Cruncher) Vs France (Vacherin), but there could only be one winner.

Give a lion-sized roar as we announce the champion of cheeses, the king of fromage, la crème de la crème of curds as...

Vacherin!!!

A staggering 412 of you voted for Waitrose Vacherin du Haut-Doubs as your cheesy hero in the final round, with readers waxing lyrical over its "gooey, moreish creamy paste" and status as "the creamiest, sexiest, most indulgent cheese."

Waitrose Cheese Expert Chris Dawson, who put Vacherin forward in the first round, said: "We are thrilled for Waitrose Vacherin to be named 'Le Grande Fromage' in the Cheese World Cup! It's a truly seasonal cheese and definitely worth the wait each year. It makes the ultimate cheeseboard centrepiece and its delicious gooeyness makes it a worthy champion ."

But it's not all about winners in this great game of cheeses, and in second place in our Cheese World Cup - just missing out on the title - came the very worthy contender that is...

Cornish Cruncher Cheddar

176 of you wrote in to tell us how much you loved this cheese in the Cheese World Cup final, with readers praising it as "so deliciously creamy" and "rough, tough, yet smooth and very very tasty."

Kerry Newton, the M&S Dairy Technologist who nominated Cornish Cruncher Cheddar, said: “We are delighted to have done so well in Stylist’s Cheese World Cup with our award-winning Cornish Cruncher cheddar – Stylist’s favourite British cheese! This best selling cheese has a beautiful combination of savoury and sweet flavours, with a depth and complexity of flavour that makes people go ‘wow’ and want another bite – it’s very moreish!”

Above all, Stylist's very first Cheese World Cup revealed to us the depth of passion that our readers associate with cheese. It all got a bit heated - especially in the finals match - as comments poured in fast and furious and people argued the case for their ultimate fromage. Here are some of our favourite comments:

Cheese World Cup: The Comments

(On Cornish Cruncher Cheddar) "If this cheese were a man it would be cross between Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Jonny Wilkinson - Rough, tough, yet smooth and very very tasty - eat me!!!"

"Vacherin wins hands down - it is the creamiest, sexiest, most indulgent cheese; so gooey you can eat it with a spoon. This is one contest where the French definitely are victorious, even though we do produce some great cheese in the UK. (Yes, I did once work in a cheese shop!)"

"Ever since I was a wee child, my parents and I have always treated ourselves to a Vacherin at Christmas. To this day, it is a tradition with my family to treat ourselves to a Vacherin du Hauts every year - it's creamy, it's strong (and yes, it smells!). It's everything you want in a cheese!"

"Would be rather bad form not to pick the old cornish cruncher what what" (From 'Sir Stuart Rose')

"Cornish Cruncher. Love the crunchy pieces and tasty taste!"

"Just had a tasting of both Cheeses among TEN people. No contest really. NINE votes to VACHERIN Nine of them swore they could hear Swiss Cow Bells while tasting The TENTH guy lost his sense of taste during a bout of flu Va Va VAcherin"

"Vacherin - It epitomises the best of the creamy cheeses of northern France, and in comparison the UK has so many similar tasting cheddars. Broaden your horizons and taste buds with this bombshell."

(On Vacherin) "I have a nose for cheese. Ooh Depardieu."

Did your favourite cheese make it through to the finals? And does Vacherin deserve its place as 2012 champion of Stylist cheeses? Let us know in the comments section, below

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