Ivan Suarez, owner of restaurant Llagar de Colloto in Spain, set the Guinness World Record for most expensive cheese sold at auction when he bought 5.78 pounds of artisan blue cheese for $16,142.41.
Love blue cheese? So did the bidder in this auction, who paid a record €14,300 for a Cabrales artisan cheese recently in Spain https://t.co/mBqz1qfxov 🧀🤑— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) 20 June 2019
The high price is because it’s Cabrales cheese. It is one of the strongest, most recognized blue cheeses in the world. The purchased cheese hails from the Valfriu cheese factory.
“It was fantastic to see everyone continually raising their hands and the price was rising,” said a Valfríu cheese factory spokesperson.
“There seemed to be no limit to the bidding, and it lasted for almost two hours. The audience was very lively and applauded incessantly. The peak moment was when the figure of €10,000 was surpassed, which was when we realised that we were on the way to the record.
“We thought it was a good idea to investigate and see if it was the most expensive cheese in history. That’s how it all started, and luckily it ended well.”
Valfríu cheese factory then contacted Guinness World Records to see if there was a record set for the most expensive cheese sold at auction. There was no current record title and so a new title was created by the Carales cheese.
Cabrales cheese maturates inside the caves of the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain. It spends roughly between three to six months in the caves with shepherds rubbing and turning the cheese to help along the maturation process.
Suarez competed against 15 other restaurants while bidding on the blue cheese.
“There seemed to be no limit to the bidding, and it lasted for almost two hours. The audience was very lively and applauded incessantly,” a spokesperson for the Valfriu cheese factory said to Guinness World Records.
Suarez’s restaurant has started working with the Valfriu cheese factory and places weekly orders for the company. He sells Cabrales cheeses and recommends them at all meals.