2,629 bottles of cheese on the wall

David | Blog | December, 01 2010 | No Comment

I have no way of knowing what kind of beer was served, but 201 lucky cheese experts from around the world spent a day Birmingham, England last week surrounded by cheese.  Their task was to sort through 2,629 entries from all over the world to select the best of the best for the annual World Cheese Awards.  

Cornish Blue

The World Champion Cheese 2010 is Cornish Blue from the Cornish Cheese Company.  It was the first British cheese to take the top prize in ten years, but it was far from the only winner. The runners up were a Swiss Gruyere, and a Canadian cheese that took the top prize a year ago.  Two American cheeses were also Super Gold medalists, meaning that they were selected as the best of their type, and they were moved forward for final judging along with 45 curd-ish neighbors. The two were the wonderful Alpine style, Jersey milk cheese, Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise from Vermont, and Bella Vita, an aged goat milk cheese from Firefly Farms, Accident, Md. Back in June we paired Tarentaise with Sasion with spectacular results.

Many other American cheesemakers earned medals in the competition, holding their own against great cheeses from the UK, France, Italy, Spain and elsewhere. I found it interesting that Cornish Cheese Company has been making cheese for less than 10 years. As with beer, there is rejuvination of newer artisans in the old world cultures too, not just in the U.S.

 The British Fine Food Guild which organizes the competition produced a very nice video about the World Cheese Awards. It’s worth the time, especially if you are interested in analytical tasting and judging, which took place in conjunction with BBC Good Food Show.   You’ll catch a bit with Cathy Strange, the top cheese buyer at Whole Foods Markets, and one of the foremost authorities in the U.S.

And if anyone can fill me in on what beers were served in or around the BBC show, I would love to hear from you.

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