International Cheese Competition

New at the show: International Cheese Competition by SIAL Canada

The International Cheese Competition by SIAL is the very first international cheese competition in Canada! It comes from the desire to present the innovation and expertise of cheese makers and share this passion with the world.

Following its success in 2019 in Toronto with a presentation of 229 cheeses from 9 countries, SIAL Canada welcomes you in April 2022 for its second edition of the international cheese competition.

A jury chaired by Gurth M. Pretty, will be accompanied by cheese industry professionals who will evaluate the cream of the crop of cheesemakers and award a gold medal to the best cheeses from the 27 selected categories. The competition is open to cheeses of all types of milk, whether or not they are exhibitors at SIAL Canada.

Why participate?

The champions will be awarded "Best of Show!" at a dedicated ceremony in the Cheese by SIAL pavilion. Cheese winners will benefit from international visibility and coverage through our media and the SIAL network.


The International Cheese Competition will be back during our next physical edition in Montreal
from April 20 to 22, 2022.

Registrations will be open soon, stay tuned!


Discover the International Cheese Competition:

View a clip of the competition at SIAL Canada 2019!

27 categories
20 jury members
27 medals

A Word From The Jury President

International Cheese Competition in 4 steps


Step 1

This competition is open to all cheeses displayed or not at SIAL Canada. 

Entry fee of $55 CDN per submitted cheese.


Step 2

Complete the application form  with a copy of its national brand label including its ingredients and nutritional information for each submitted cheese.


Step 3

Deliver your cheeses to Gurth Pretty just before SIAL Canada 2022.


Step 4

The winners will be revealed to the media and the Gold medals will be handed out for the various categories!


Our Partners

The very first international cheese competition in Canada!

SIAL Canada is showing its innovation by hosting its inaugural International Cheese Competition by SIAL at its 2019 Toronto trade show (April 30th to May 2nd, 2019). It aims to showcase cheesemakers’ innovation, expertise and passion on an international level. 

Discover the winners of this very first competition!

2019 Press Release

The 2019 Jury

President of the Jury, International Cheese Competition by SIAL 2019

Gurth Pretty

Master of the Cheese

Thierry Martin

Lead Master Cheesemaker at Agropur

Nathalie Coutayar

Merchandising & Marketing Manager of Denninger’s Food of the World.

Miriam Holmes

Specialty Team Leader at Whole Foods Market

Martin Kouprie

Executive Chef at Grand Spirits Distillery

Lucy Antonacci

Deli Category Manager & Certified Cheese Master at Longo's

Gina Creta

Deli Director at Loblaw Maple Leaf Gardens

Afrim Pristine

Co-owner and Maître Fromager of The Cheese Boutique

Dr. Art Hill

Professor of Food Science, University of Guelph

Mary Ann Ferrer

PhD in Food Science, Senior Consultant for the Food Industry

Olivia Jansé

Director, Innovation and Technical Services at Saputo

Georgs Kolesnikovs

Owner, Cheese Lover Productions Inc. (

Martin Raymond

Chef, Culinary Instructor, certified Fromager at Loblaw Companies Limited

Thalassa (Lassa) Skinner

Co-owner/founder, Culture: The Word on Cheese

Andy Shay

Deli Meat and Cheese Expert at Jan K Overweel Limited

Mike Sobol

Marketing Consultant Deli and Fine Cheese Marketing at Parmalat Canada

Nicolas Lenoir

European Cheese Importer at Les Dépendances

Susanna Basso

Chief Negotiator at Metro Inc.

Liv Oh

National Category Merchant, Deli Cheese at Sobeys

Cecilia Smith

Certified Cheese Professional

Any questions? Contact us.

Maëlle Rey-Maréchal

Communication Manager

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