World Champion Cheese 2017 revealed!
An alpine-style cheese made by the UK’s Lynher Dairies Cheese Company has been crowned World Champion Cheese at the 30th annual World Cheese Awards, after just a few years in development. Cornish Kern is a buttery medium-hard cheese, with a deep aroma and caramel notes. It rose to the top among 3,000 entries that were judged in a single day at Tobacco Dock in London on Friday 17 November. The 30th anniversary edition of the awards formed part of this year’s Taste of London Festive Edition and saw entries from a record breaking 35 different countries.
The World Cheese Awards 2017 is the planet’s biggest ‘cheese-only’ competition – no yoghurt, cream, butter or other dairy are entered.
The winning Cornish Kern now takes its place in the history books alongside previous champions of the largest cheese-only awards scheme on the planet, having impressed the World Cheese Awards’ international panel of experts at every stage of the judging process.
Sarah Barnes, technical manager at Lynher Dairies Cheese Company, who collected the award in London, explains; “I’m on top of the cheese world! Throughout the course of the day our Kern went through so many layers of judging, going from 3,001 to 66, to the top 16 and then World Champion and the judges said some wonderful things about our cheese. Cornish Kern is a new concept so to see it come to this is so exciting for the company, and a great start for this cheese’s career.”
Cornish Kern was awarded 75 points out of a possible 80 by the Super Jury of 16 judges, just ahead of an Italian Blu Di Bufala made by Quattro Portoni Caseificio in second place with 69 points. In joint third, were an Austrian Capellaro from Almenland Stollenkaese and a South African Dalewood Huguenot made by Dalewood Fromage, both scoring 67 points.
Entries made their way by road, rail, air and sea, via 12 consolidation points located in every corner of the globe, which channelled cheeses into London.
Look out for further announcements of this year’s special trophy award winners later this week.