Kilmora named Best Irish Cheese at British & Irish Cheese Awards. All the award winners here!

 Kilmora named Best Irish Cheese

 at British & Irish Cheese Awards

Judging in progress.
Killeen also a winner in Special Awards

On the same day that I bought a wedge of it at the Gubbeen stall in Mahon Point Farmers Market, the Killeen Farmhouse cows' milk cheese wins the Best Irish Cheese Award at the British & Irish Cheese Awards 2022. The Swiss-style cows’ milk cheese, which is produced at Portumna, Galway, took the trophy after more than 500 cheeses were judged in a single day at The Bath & West Showground on Wednesday 5 October, as the awards returned following a two-year hiatus. 


Trophies were awarded to all category and national winners during the British & Irish Cheese Awards Dinner on the evening of Wednesday 5 October, with the Supreme Champion award going to Ashcombe by King Stone Dairy in Gloucestershire and the Reserve Champion cup going to St.Jude by St.Jude Cheese in Suffolk. 

Organised by The Royal Bath & West Society, the 27th edition of the awards saw over 500 entries judged in a single day, as the competition took place during The Dairy Show for the very first time. Among this year’s entries were 20 brand new cheeses that have been created since the awards last took place, representing the sudden boom in creativity that was witnessed within the cheese industry, following huge losses in business as the hospitality sector was closed down during successive lockdowns.  

A 50-strong judging panel made up of cheesemakers, cheesemongers, cheese experts, buyers and commentators assessed entries in their individual classes during the morning session, awarding Bronze, Silver and Gold accolades to deserving products from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. During the second round, all Gold award winners from each category were judged alongside one another to identify the category winners, before all category winners were judged during the final round to find this year’s Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion. 

British & Irish Cheese Awards 2022 trophy winners: 

CHAMPION 

Supreme Champion 

Ashcombe, King Stone Dairy Ltd 

Reserve Champion  

St.Jude, St.jude Cheese 

 

COUNTRY AWARDS 

Best English Cheese 

Ashcombe, King Stone Dairy Ltd 

Best Scottish Cheese 

Morangie Brie, Highland Fine Cheese Ltd 

Best Welsh Cheese 

Celtic Promise, Caws Teifi Cheese 

Best Irish Cheese 

Kilmora, Killeen Farmhouse 

 

MAIN CATEGORY AWARDS 

Best Flavour-Added 

Mexicana, Norseland Ltd 

Best New Cheese 

Big Nick, Chapel Cross Tearoom 

Best Export 

Gorwydd Caerphilly, Trethowan's Dairy Ltd 

Best Dairy Product 

Greek Style Natural Yogurt, BV Dairy 

Best Fresh 

Hebden Goat, Tenacres 

Best Soft White 

Winslade, Hampshire Cheese Company Ltd 

Best Semi-Soft 

Merry Wyfe, The Bath Soft Cheese Company 

Best Modern British 

Moreton, King Stone Dairy Ltd 

Best Blue 

Organic Whole Blue Stilton, Cropwell Bishop Creamery Ltd 

 

SPECIAL AWARDS 

Best Traditional Cheddar 

Pitchfork, Trethowan's Dairy Ltd 

Best Block Cheddar 

Vintage Somerset Cheddar, Wyke Farms Ltd 

Best Sheep Cheese 

Flower Marie, Golden Cross Cheese Co Ltd 

Best Cheddar 

Vintage Somerset Cheddar, Wyke Farms Ltd 

Best Territorial 

Red Leicester, Wyke Farms Ltd 

Best Goat Cheese 

Killeen Goat Mature, Killeen Farmhouse 

Best Organic Cheese 

Organic Whole Blue Stilton, Cropwell Bishop Creamery Ltd 

Best PDO/PGI Cheese 

Animal Rennet Whole Blue Stilton, Cropwell Bishop Creamery Ltd 

Best Prepared Block Cheese 

Best Mature, Saputo Dairy UK 

Best Cheese from a Member of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association 

Winslade, Hampshire Cheese Company Ltd 

Best Cylindrical 

Coloured Cheshire, Belton Cheese Ltd 

 

Picture credit: Andrew Gorman / The Royal Bath & West Society

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