Fredric Gayral was named World Champion Cheese at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham.
The cheese, called Ossau Iratyaop beat off competition from 2,700 other entries at the World Cheese Awards 2011, which were held in Birmingham for the second year running.
It is a hard cheese, made in France, which has been matured for 10 months, and is available from delicatessens around the country.
Last year the overall winner was a Cornish Blue, meaning England – and Birmingham – would again host the awards.
After Wednesday's morning session, which saw the 219 judges whittle the cheeses down to just 48 Super Gold award winners, the supreme panel, made up of 15 experts from 11 countries including Blur bassist turned cheesemaker Alex James, each chose their favourite cheese to go forward to the final judging.
“This really has become the most global of every cheese competition, because of the 2,700 cheeses less than 25 per cent are from Britain and we have more than 30 countries represented,” said Bob Farrand, chairman of the awards, which have been running since 1988.
“The standard has risen to the point that now even to get a Super Gold is quite something.”