The long-anticipated results of the British Cheese Awards have been announced and Real Yorkshire Wensledale Blue took Supreme Champion! Read on for more details, and a list of winners:
The hotly anticipated results of the 19th British Cheese Awards were announced this evening at a sparkling event at the City Hall in Cardiff. On the eve of the Great British Cheese Festival and signalling the beginning of British Cheese Week, the great and the good of cheese making assembled to celebrate the Oscars of the dairy world, and the star of the show was a Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Blue made by Wensleydale Dairy Products, Hawes, Yorkshire.
Back in January Janet Fletcher wrote this piece on the year's anticipated cheese trends. We're wondering if you see them unfolding as predicted, or if you see new, unanticipated trends in the industry. Let us know what you think:
American artisanal cheese is a category that simmers with potential. Even European-born shoppers no longer believe that all the best cheeses come from Europe. If you aren’t allocating significant space to domestic selections, you’re missing out on sales. From those first tentative steps with fresh chevre, American cheesemakers have conquered more challenging territory. “I’m seeing an explosion of styles being produced and a significant increase in the state of the art,” says Matt Rubiner, owner of Rubiner’s Cheesemongers in Great Barrington, Mass.
Here's a great little piece on cottage cheese, which has been popping up on the menus of renowned chefs, and slowly gaining back respect amongst cheesemakers and the cheese community. Tasting Table has the story:
Our first bite during a recent meal at City House in Nashville, Tennessee, was a round of burrata cheese, gleaming and bulbous among oiled crostini. We thought we knew this creamy cousin to mozzarella. But no. This burrata was filled with cottage cheese.
No diner side dish, this. Chef Tandy Wilson uses Cruze Dairy Farm buttermilk as a base for his cottage cheese innards, seasoning them with just enough salt to curve around the milky sweetness. That the cheese was so simply and faithfully renewed made its deliciousness even more of a triumph.
Mediterranean diet expert Elena Paravantes understands exactly what's involved in finding a good feta. We're talking bonafide Greek feta made with sheep's and goat's milk. Follow her six steps to find yourself a quality feta:
Jess, the springer spaniel, goes above and beyond the call of duty by feeding hungry orphaned lambs with a bottle she holds herself. This UK farm would be lost without her at this point. The Daily Mail has the story:
Three times a day, rain or shine, Jess the springer spaniel goes out on her milk round – to feed orphaned lambs from a bottle she carries in her mouth.
Louise Moorhouse, who has 270 sheep on her 180-acre farm, can’t imagine managing without Jess. ‘It’s like having an extra pair of hands,’ she said yesterday.
‘She’s been doing it ever since she was a puppy. I taught her to hold the milk bottle in her mouth and she did the rest. It’s very funny when she runs across the field gripping the bottle.’
These gents have a deep appreciation for a hearty, home-cooked lunch, and take turns preparing meals on the job site using a little gas cooker in the back of their work van. Each meal is cooked from scratch and served with a glass of red wine on the tailgate. We salute you, sirs. The Mail Online has the story:
This week they have been unfurling their gingham table cloths and laying out their plates, metal cutlery and wine glasses to enjoy what they describe as a ‘civilised lunch’ at Savile Row in Mayfair - famous for its posh tailors and bespoke suits.
The pair have a selection of herbs and spices at the ready and stop off at the market on the way to work to pick up fresh ingredients – rustling up anything from Italian pasta dishes to fish with vegetables.) And the sophistication doesn’t end there.
Here at culture we're excited for this ridiculous movie starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone. It's all about butter, which happens to be one of our favorite substances (right up there with cheese). Who doesn't like a butter scandal? Scroll down to watch the trailer and see what the Guardian has to say about it:
Funny man celebrity Will Ferrell, claims he would run for president if he could promise every household a monthly wheel of cheese. Now that's true love for your country. Who's voting Ferrell?
'I would campaign on the platform of bringing back government cheese programmes. Every household would receive a wheel of cheese. Once a month. I'd allow people to exchange their cheese wheel if they wanted cottage cheese of yoghurt.
'My policies would always be rooted in some sort of dairy product.'
However, Will believes only good-looking people get into office these days, no matter how good their policies are.
Photo by Gage Skidmore
Wisconsin Cheese Originals is gearing up for October, otherwise known as American Cheese Month, by putting together this awesome cheese party in a box. If you're confused, click through for more details:
Wisconsin Cheese Originals Executive Director Jeanne Carpenter hand-selected four Wisconsin artisan cheeses – cow, goat, sheep and blue – added gourmet crackers, micro-batch preserves, a designer cooler, and tasting notes on everything. Items are shipped in a ready-to-party box.
“You add the wine, six to eight guests, and voila – instant cheese party!” Carpenter said.