Artisan cheese makers, Shepherds Purse of Thirsk, North Yorkshire has scooped two Golds for two of its blues at the 114th International Cheese Awards, the largest and most cosmopolitan cheese competition in the world, held at Dorford Park, Nantwich, Cheshire this week.
Mrs Bells Blue won the prestigious Gold standard and recently launched Bells Bluemin White also achieved Gold status, on the back of its recent first win at the Great Yorkshire Show. With more than 3,200 entries across 300 classes and competitors from 24 countries, the wins prove Yorkshire cheese cuts it on the world stage.
Traditionally handcrafted with local ewe’s milk, Mrs Bells Blue won in the soft blue veined cheese UK category and Bells Bluemin White, the region’s first blue rind brie, triumphed in the best English cheese class (other than territorials and Cheddars). The cheeses were tasted and judged by a panel of 140 expert judges from the dairy industry.
Commenting on the wins, Judy Bell, chief executive of Shepherds Purse Cheeses said: “With such strong competition at the largest cheese show in the world, it is really gratifying to have two of our cheeses recognised as gold standard. The credit has to go to the whole team at Shepherds Purse, maintaining the quality of our handmade cheese range.”
Richard Paul, show chairman said: “We had record entries and the standard across the board was extremely high. Our panel of judges really did have their work cut out to make their selections. We will now be working hard to educate consumers on what the Awards logo means, that if they spot it on labels they can be safe in the knowledge that it has the seal of approval which guarantees the outstanding quality of the product.”
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