Roquefort Papillon Revelation, distributed by Bradburys Cheese, has been awarded the accolade of Supreme Champion at the International Cheese Awards 2017 (ICA)
Bradburys’ win for its French ewe’s milk blue cheese came as the ICA attracted its highest number of entries, with over 300 cheese experts judging 5,685 products from over 50 countries at the Trade Day on 26th July at Nantwich.
This year’s event was the most successful yet for the Derbyshire firm, which won nine trophies: 24 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze medals.
It was a good day for the blue cheese category in general, with Arla Food's Tuxford & Tebbutt picking up the Reserve Supreme Champion award for its blue Stilton.
Chris Chisnall, marketing director at Bradburys Cheese said, "Roquefort Papillion Revelation is a stunning product, combining a sharp, tangy 'blue' flavour with a creamy texture.
“We work hard to provide our customers with some of the best cheeses in the world, and so it’s highly gratifying to win the top prize at the ICA.”
Hervé Bourgeois, export director at Papillon said, “We’re extremely proud to be new holder of the prestigious National Westminster Cup with Revelation Roquefort and it’s an absolute honour to accept this outstanding accolade.
“Our cheesemakers have created a creamy textured product that’s characterised by its white to ivory paste and blue intense veins with cavities uniformly distributed from the centre to the rind, offering a subtle, less salty flavour.”
Adrian Lawrence, show secretary of ICA said, "The standard of entrants just gets better and better. To win a class is a great achievement, to win a section is exceptional, and to win a main award is absolutely outstanding. The number of entries also continue to grow: entries were up 13.5 per cent on last year. Cheesemakers are coming from every corner of the world to attend the biggest and best cheese show on earth.
"The whole show is continuing to evolve. This year the whole structure had to be vastly extended to incorporate all the extra entries and trade stands. The number of sponsors continues to grow and already new ideas are in place for 2018 to take the show even further forward."