Edmund Tew cheese crowned as Supreme Champion at Artisan Cheese Awards

The Edmund Tew lactic cow cheese from Blackwoods Cheese Company in Kent has been declared as the Supreme Champion at this year’s national Artisan Cheese Awards.

The Edmund Tew top cheese also won in the ‘Cow’ category and was judged against over 500 entries from across the British Isles at St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire on 26 April 2018.

Edmund Tew is a small lactic cow cheese and is the first cheese in Blackwoods Cheese Company’s convict series, cheeses named after British convicts who were transported to Australia in the 1800s for stealing cheese. The brainy looking rind consists of a yeast called Geotrichum Candidum but can also develop natural white and green mould spots from time to time. The cheese is also washed as it matures influencing both microbial diversity and flavour.

Dave Holton from Blackwoods Cheese Company said: “We’re so excited to have won the Supreme Champion award against such incredible competition from other British cheese makers. We’ve worked tirelessly to get the cheese making process right and ensure a fantastic flavour for our cheese. This award makes those efforts worthwhile and it’s a real honour and a privilege to receive it.”

117 cheese makers from across the UK and Ireland competed for this year’s awards and the gold winners in each category were:
• Tunworth from Hampshire Cheeses Ltd, Hampshire (Soft)
• Durrus Og from Durrus Cheese Ltd, County Cork (Semi-Soft)
• Coolea Extra Matured from Coolea Farmhouse Cheese Limited, County Cork (Hard)
• Bath Blue from Bath Soft Cheese, Wiltshire (Blue)
• Edmund Tew from Blackwoods Cheese Company, Kent (Cow)
• Berkswell from Ram Hall Dairy, Warwickshire (Sheep)
• Killeen Cheddar from Killeen Farmhouse Cheese, County Galway (Goat)
• Norfolk Mardler from Fielding Cottage, Norfolk (Vegetarian)
• St Jude from Whitewood Dairy, Somerset (Raw Milk)
• Bath Soft Cheese from Bath Soft Cheese, Wiltshire (Organic)
• Soft Mature from Grumpy Farmer, Derbyshire (Farmhouse)
• St Andrews Farmhouse from St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, Fife (Territorial)
• Extra Mature Keen's Cheddar from Keen's Cheddar Ltd, Somerset (Protected Food Name)
• The Three Sisters from Galway Goat Farm, County Galway (New Cheese)
• Sheep Rustler from White Lake Cheese Ltd, Suffolk (Washed Rind)
• Connage Gouda with Cumin from Connage Highland Dairy, Inverness (Flavoured)

Organiser of the awards, Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, added: “Blackwoods Cheese Company was a very worthy winner, producing a high quality, artisanal cheese that all of the judges loved. The cheese had a very high score on taste and the company has a very bright future in UK cheese making.”

A number of the winners and entrants from this year’s Artisan Cheese Awards will be present at the Artisan Cheese Fair, to be held at Melton Livestock Market from 5-6 May 2018. For more details or to book advance tickets, visit www.goleicestershire.com/artisancheesefair

Sponsors for this year’s Artisan Cheese Awards include: Fine Cheese Co, Paul Thomas Consultancy, Melton Town Estate, NFU, Bradbury's Cheese, Bentons, A La Carte Packaging Solutions, Marks & Spencer, Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, Vegetarian Society, Melton Borough Council, Harvey and Brockless, Neal's Yard, Howes Percival LLP and La Fromagerie.