Britain’s Best Cheese: Pevensey Blue
A ‘Novice’ Cheese
Pevensey Blue, a blue cheese made by Pevensey Cheese Company of Holden Farm in East Sussex has won Supreme Champion at this year’s Artisan Cheese Awards held in St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray, the home of Stilton Cheese. This brine washed blue cheese made with organic pasteurised milk and animal rennet is the creation of new comers to cheesemaking; Martin and Hazel Tkalez. The couple have only been making cheese for two years. The cheese beat off competition from almost 500 entries into this year’s awards from across the UK and Ireland.
One of the Judges at the Awards said of Pevensey Blue: “It had a seductively yielding texture beneath a thin and velvety rind. The flavour is complex and lasting, with initially chocolatey, sweet flavours balanced by a hint of biscuit and aniseed, all supported by a healthy balance of salt and just a hint of spice that lingers on the tongue.” Nick Bayne of the Fine Cheese Co of Bath, sponsors of the Supreme Champion.
The Major Award Winners:
|Supreme Champion||Pevensey Cheese Company Limited||Pevensey Blue|
|Reserve Supreme Champion||Cheesemakers of Canterbury||Ashmore Farmhouse|
|Best Small Producer||Bluebell Falls||Bluebell Falls Goats Cheese Original 500g log|
|Best Micro Producer||Cheese Bothy||White Laggan|
|Best English Cheese||Pevensey Cheese Company Limited||Pevensey Blue|
|Best Irish Cheese||Velvet Cloud – Rockfield Dairy||Rockfield|
|Best Scottish Cheese||St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese||Anster|
|Best Welsh Cheese||Cosyn Cymru||Brefu Bach|
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There are normally around 500 entries for the Artisan Cheese Awards. The judges include representatives from retailers, wholesalers, cheesemongers, food writers etc including from The Fine Cheese Co, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, Harvey & Brockless, Fortnum and Masons, Neals Yard Dairy, Selfridges, La Fromagerie, Waitrose, Bradbury’s, Rowcliffes, Tesco etc in fact most of the key influencers in the cheese world.
There are 19 classes including Fresh Cheese, Soft Cheese, Semi-soft, Hard, Blue, Cow, Sheep, Goat, Vegetarian, Organic, Raw Milk, Farmhouse, Raw Milk Farmhouse, British Territorial, Protected Food Name, New Cheese, Washed Rind, Smoked, Flavoured Cheese. The overall winner (Pevensey Blue) is the Supreme Champion judged from the winners of each of the 19 classes and sponsored by the Fine Cheese Company. Runner up was Cheesemakers of Canterbury.
Entries are only permitted from cheesemakers producing less than 400 tonnes of cheese a year with a particular emphasis on encouraging micro and small cheesemakers especially newcomers. Almost half the winners of the 23 classes were micro producers; cheesemakers making around 6 or less tonnes of cheese a year. Micro Producer was won by Scottish Cheesemaker Cheese Bothy; Small Producer was won by Bluebell Falls from Ireland. This year over 20 Irish Cheesemakers entered their cheeses facilitated by Irish Cheesemonger Sheridans. Rockfield Dairy (sheep’s cheese) from County Mayo won Best Irish Cheese, Cosyn Cymru Best Welsh, St Andrews Best Scottish and Pevensey Best English.
Sponsors: We’re very grateful to the following sponsors..
Supreme Champion – The Fine Cheese Co
Hard Cheese – SMB College,
Raw Milk Farmhouse Cheese – La Fromagerie
New Cheese -Bradbury’s
Raw Milk – Harvey & Brockless
Farmhouse – Neal’s Yard