Nominations are now open for the Great British Cheese Awards which have been launched to celebrate the best of British cheese produced and distributed by independent cheesemakers and retailers.
Artisan Cheese producers and retailers can enter for free and alongside this, the Great British Cheese Awards will bring together a community of fine food lovers, producers, chefs, restaurants, pubs, bloggers and food writers to nominate and vote for their favourites. Nominations will close on 19thJune 2016. The awards will run across nine categories:
– Best Speciality Cheese Retailer
– Best Artisan Cheese Producer
– Best Hard Cheese
– Best Blue Cheese
– Best Soft Cheese
– Best Semi-Soft Cheese
– Best Fresh Cheese
– Best New Cheese Producer (selected by judges)
– People’s Choice – Best British Cheese (selected from nominations across all categories)
No other cheese awards give the public such a large voice in recognising and rewarding cheese. Rather than relying on tastings at country shows or events, these awards bring together hundreds of thousands of people online along with industry experts, food writers and celebrities to give the artisan cheese industry unparalleled prominence.
Once nominations close, the voting process will commence from 1stJuly. This will then create a shortlist of finalists who will be evaluated by an expert judging panel. Judges so far confirmed include:
Brian Turner – Chef Restaurateur and President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts,
Chantelle Nicholson – Group Operations Director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants & Head Chef at Tredwells by Marcus Wareing,
Galton Blackiston – Owner & Chef Patron of Morston Hall,
Fiona Beckett – Food & Drink Journalist,
Patrick McGuigan – Food Journalist and Cheese Writer,
Felicity Spector – Food Writer & Great Taste Awards Judge,
Chris Mercer – Editor of Decanter.com.
More judges will be announced in coming weeks.
The awards will culminate with a final awards ceremony which will be held in London at the end of October.
The Great British Cheese Awards are organised by Great British Chefs (the UK’s fastest growing food website) and Peter’s Yard, whose crispbread was recently named as “the best biscuit for cheese out there”.