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Cheese World Cup: The Finals

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It's the moment you've all been waiting for...

After weeks of nail-biting clashes and crushing defeats (who could forget Gouda being knocked out in the first round? Or bookies' favourite Mozzarella just squeezing a place in the semi-final?) we've finally whittled down our 10 cheesy contenders in this year's Cheese World Cup to two triumphant finalists.

Amid frenzied voting in the fromage semi-finals, we can reveal that you've voted the two potential winners as:

**Vacherin and Cornish Cheddar Cruncher!**

Yes, it's England vs France in the hotly contested finale match and what a game it's set to be. In the one corner we have the Cheddar Cruncher - flavoursome, sweet and deliciously moreish. And in the other, it's Vacherin, the très bien soft and creamy offering from the land of cheeses.

Who will win and be crowned Cheese World Cup champion? Only YOU can decide.

Remind yourselves of the case for each cheese below and then get voting for your favourite. The poll will close next Friday 26 October, at which point our fromage queen will be revealed - to much cheesy fanfare.

So what are you waiting for? It's Vacherin Vs Cornish Cheddar: get voting to get your cheese on!

Cheese World Cup Finals: France Vs England

Chris Dawson, resident cheese expert for Waitrose, explains his love affair with French Vacherin

"Vacherin is France's best kept cheese secret. Versatile, soft and creamy, it's perfect for dinner party cheeseboards or a romantic meal for two. Made in the Savoie region of France, bordering on Switzerland, Vacherin has been made for over 200 years. Using the rich milk from mountain Montbeliard cows, it's considered a powerful weapon in France's cheese artillery. It's only available seasonally, which is why so many cheese connoisseurs wait patiently for the autumn/winter Vacherin season each year. Sold at Waitrose in a wooden spruce box, the cheese has a gloriously aromatic pine aroma, with a slightly pink edible rind. Served simply at room temperature or warmed through in the oven, the pale creamy centre is as gooey as a fondue, and is ideal partner for crusty bread or crisp crudites."

Kerry Newton, dairy technologist at M&S, fights the corner for Cornish Cruncher Cheddar

"This award-winning two-year-old mature cheddar is a best-seller for M&S due to its beautiful combination of savoury and sweet flavours. The crunch part comes from calcium lactate crystals, a natural result of the maturation process – we were one of the first major retailers to develop this. The make-up of cheddar is affected by lots of different factors, from how finely you cut the curd to the type of milk you use and the culture. We work with one dairy in Cornwall and have perfected a particular recipe to ensure outstanding quality. The depth and complexity of Cornish Cruncher Cheddar and the way it contrasts creaminess with acidity and the body of the cheese makes for a delicious taste that makes people go ‘wow’ and want another bite – it’s very moreish."

Vote for your ultimate cheese champion by leaving a message titled "vote" and the name of the cheese in the comments section below

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