NZ Cheese Awards Medal Winners revealed

02 March, 2018 by
FMCG Business

For cheese lovers it would be a day in paradise, but it was serious work for the 28 judges assessing more than 2000 kg of cheese for the NZ Champions of Cheese Awards at AUT School of Hospitality. The judging panel of cheesemakers, chefs and food experts, including FMCG Business Head of Content Tamara Rubanowski, operated under the guidance of Australian Master Judge Russell Smith. Smith was supported by Ross McCullum, Founder of Kapiti Cheese and a Life Member of the NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association (NZSCA).

The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards is organised by the NZSCA, which has run the awards since 2003. This is the 16th year of the awards which celebrate New Zealand cheese, recognise excellence and educate consumers.

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The following medals were awarded in the 2018 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards:

GOLD MEDALS

Aroha Organic Goat Cheese, Aroha Raw Milk Pepperazzi

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Aged Cumin Gouda

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Edam

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Gouda

Clevedon Valley Buffalo Co, Clevedon Valley Buffalo Cherry Mozzarella

Clevedon Valley Buffalo Co, Clevedon Valley Buffalo Marinated Cheese with Thyme & Roast Garlic

Clevedon Valley Buffalo Co, Clevedon Valley Buffalo Marinated Cheese with Garlic and Thyme

Clevedon Valley Buffalo Co, Clevedon Valley Buffalo Ricotta

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Kikorangi

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Aorangi Traditional Brie

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Pakari Aged Cheddar

Fonterra, Fonterra Lichfield NZMP Strong Cheddar

Fonterra, Fonterra Lichfield Kapiti Tuteremoana

Fonterra, Fonterra Hautapu NZMP Gouda

Hohepa Hawkes Bay, Hohepa Vintage

Il Casaro, Il Casaro Smoked Scamorza

Karikaas, Karikaas Gouda

Karikaas, Karikaas Vintage Gouda

Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese, Mahoe Edam

Mercer Cheese, Mercer Pecorino

Mercer Cheese, Mercer Extra Mature Gouda

Mercer Cheese, Mercer Mature Cumin Cheese

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Cracked Pepper

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Amsterdammer

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Maasdam

Open Country Dairy, Open Country Dairy Cheddar Mature

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Traditional Brie

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Farmhouse Brie

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Cow’s Milk Feta

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Matured Kawau Blue

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Waxed Matakana Blue

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Cellar Range Washed Rind

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Creamy Havarti

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Halloumi

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Goat Parmesan

The Cheese Barn, The Cheese Barn Organic Cumin Gouda

The Drunken Nanny, The Drunken Nanny Savvy Washed Rind

Thorvald, Thorvald Sheep Milk Curado

Thorvald, Thorvald Sheep Milk Camembert

Waimata Cheese Company, Waimata Chilli Haloumi

SILVER MEDALS

Aroha Organic Goat Cheese, Aroha Raw Milk Fenugreek

Aroha Organic Goat Cheese, Aroha Raw Milk Cumin

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Canterbury Red

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Gruyere

Cartwheel Creamery, Cartwheel Creamery Opiki Ma

Clevedon Valley Buffalo Co, Clevedon Valley Buffalo Marinated Cheese with Chilli and Lime

Fonterra, Kapiti Awa Blue

Fonterra, Kapiti Kahurangi Creamy Blue

Fonterra, Kapiti Kahurangi Creamy Blue

Fonterra, Kapiti Kikorangi

Fonterra, Kapiti Port Wine Cheddar

Fonterra, Kapiti Smoked Havarti

Fonterra, Mainland Special Reserve Double Cream Camembert

Fonterra, Kapiti Kahikatea Camembert

Fonterra, Fonterra Lichfield NZMP Mild Cheddar

Fonterra, Fonterra Lichfield Mainland Vintage

Fonterra, Fonterra Lichfield NZMP Romano

Fonterra, Fonterra Lichfield NZMP Cheddar

Grinning Gecko Cheese Co, Grinning Gecko Halloumi

Hohepa Hawkes Bay, Hohepa Tasty

Kaimahi Dairy Ltd, Queso de Mano

Karikaas, Karikaas Vintage Cumin

Karikaas, Karikaas Leyden/Cumin Gouda

Karikaas, Karikaas Vintage Maasdam

Karikaas, Karikaas Totokau

Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese, Mahoe Cumin in Gouda

Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese, Mahoe Very Old Edam

Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese, Mahoe Gouda

Massimo’s Italian Cheeses, Massimo’s Smoked Scamorza

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Cumin Gouda

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Garlic & Chives

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Tasty Gouda

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Smoked Gouda

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Goats Milk Gouda

Mount Eliza Cheese, Mount Eliza Blue Monkey

Mount Eliza Cheese, Mount Eliza Little Blue

Open Country Dairy, Open Country Dairy Cheddar Table

Over the Moon Dairy, Over the Moon Apollo by Neil Willman

Over the Moon Dairy, Over the Moon Goat Feta

Over the Moon Dairy, Over the Moon Southern Cross by Neil Willman

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Camembert

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Camembert

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Crème Fraiche

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Bouton Dor Crème Fraiche

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Goat Feta

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Basil Pesto Feta

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Mascarpone

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Kawau Blue

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Double Cream Brie

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Ornelle Double Cream Brie

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Cellar Range Farmhouse Brie

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Lincoln Hills Gouda

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Te Mu Kau

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Sheep Feta

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Lincoln Hills Gouda

The Drunken Nanny, The Drunken Nanny Black Tie

The Drunken Nanny, The Drunken Nanny Wrinkly Nanny

Thorvald, Thorvald Sheep Milk White Vein

Thorvald, Thorvald Greek Style Sheep Milk Feta

Waimata Cheese Company, Waimata Traditional Camembert

Waimata Cheese Company, Waimata Feta in Brine

Waimata Cheese Company, Waimata Traditional Blue

Wairiri Buffalo, Wairiri Buffalo Cacio Cavallo

Zany Zeus, Zany Zeus Creamy Feta

Zany Zeus, Zany Zeus Classic Feta

Zany Zeus Ltd, Zany Zeus Halloumi

BRONZE MEDALS

Aroha Organic Goat Cheese, Aroha Raw Plain Rich

Aroha Organic Goat Cheese, Aroha Raw Milk Jubilee

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Rinded Cheddar

‘Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Onawe

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Peppered Havarti

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Havarti

Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese, Barry’s Bay Aged Gouda

Cartwheel Creamery, Cartwheel Creamery Epitome with Cumin

Clevedon Valley Buffalo Co, Clevedon Valley Buffalo Marinated Cheese with Chilli and Lime

Cranky Goat, Cranky Goat Soft Goats Cheese

Cranky Goat, Cranky Goat Reginald

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Kahurangi Creamy Blue

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Kikorangi

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Baby Kikorangi

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Pakari Smoked Cheddar

Fonterra Brands, Kapiti Kanuka Waxed Havarti

Fonterra Brands, Mainland Special Reserve Double Cream Brie

Fonterra, Fonterra Hautapu Mainland Tasty

Fonterra, Fonterra Edendale Mainland Tasty

Fonterra, Fonterra Lichfield NZMP Taupo

Grinning Gecko Cheese Co, Grinning Gecko Camembert

Hohepa Hawkes Bay, Hohepa Fenugreek

Hohepa Hawkes Bay, Hohepa Biodynamic Blue

Karikaas, Karikaas Maasdam

Karikaas, Karikaas Pumahana

Karikaas , Karikaas Koputaputa

Massimo’s Italian Cheeses, Massimo’s Mozzarella

Massimo’s Italian Cheeses, Massimo’s Ricotta

Massimo’s Italian Cheeses, Massimo’s Provolone Piccante

Mercer Cheese, Mercer Nettle Cheese

Mercer Cheese, Mercer Fifty Fifty

Meyer Cheese, Meyer Fenugreek

Mount Eliza Cheese, Mount Eliza Red Leicester

Over the Moon Dairy, Over the Moon Volcano

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Ornelle Brie

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Cow’s Milk Feta

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Bouton Dor Cow’s Milk Feta

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Bouton Dor Mascarpone

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Matakana Blue

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Distinction Blue

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Double Cream Camembert

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Triple Cream Brie

Puhoi Valley Cheese, Puhoi Valley Kaipara Washed Rind

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Chilli Gouda

Talbot Forest Cheese, Talbot Forest Cheese Parmesan

The Cheese Barn, The Cheese Barn Organic Gouda

The Drunken Nanny, The Drunken Nanny Fresh Lush

The Drunken Nanny, The Drunken Nanny Frisky Feta

The Drunken Nanny, The Drunken Nanny Lemony Lush

Thorvald, Thorvald Sheep Milk Blue Vein

Viavio, Viavio Caciocavallo

Wairiri Buffalo, Wairiri Buffalo Stracciatella

Zany Zeus, Zany Zeus Zingy Chilli Feta

Look out for the Trophy results

These medals are listed without category to ensure the integrity of the Trophy results, which will be announced at a Gala Cocktail Party on Thursday 15 March 2018.

NZSCA Chair Miel Meyer says: “As always our judging panel is exceptional, in part due to the growing reputation for these awards and local cheese. The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards are an incredible opportunity to showcase New Zealand cheese.”

“We’re also pleased to have introduced a new revitalized awards logo. From March, cheese lovers’ can look out for NZ Champion of Cheese stickers on award-winning cheeses. This is a guarantee of quality as judged by our experts.”

All cheese is judged blind, which means judges receive and taste cheese without any branding to prevent bias. The event also involves three judging auditors.