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The Bath Soft Cheese Company’s Wyfe of Bath cheese scooped the Supreme Champion award this week at the International Cheese Awards.
The dairy industry came together at Nantwich on Tuesday 30th July for the awards, which celebrates the best cheeses and producers in the UK and beyond. Around 250 judges cast their votes on over 5,000 different cheeses, resulting in The Bath Soft Cheese Company taking the crown.
Hugh Padfield, managing director at The Bath Soft Cheese Company, said of the win: “We are absolutely thrilled. To win Supreme Champion at the International Cheese Awards is an achievement that every cheese maker dreams of, for a small rural business like ours it’s incredible. Nantwich International Cheese awards is the biggest cheese show in the world, so this is the equivalent of winning the World Cup. We have a fantastic team who make all the cheese by hand, and we could not hope for better recognition for the hard work put in; from milking our cows to making the cheese. Our Wyfe of Bath won ‘supreme champion’ ahead of over 5,000 cheese entered from around the world, it is creamy and nutty with hints of caramel, a semi-hard cheese. We are so pleased that this award will encourage people from all over the world to try some. We also won best washed rind cheese and best speciality cheese with our Merry Wyfe, and best English Cheese with our Bath Soft Cheese- a clean sweep! We want to share our success; come and see us in Kelston to see what all the fuss is about!”
The other winners were Cellars at Jasper Hill (Reserve Supreme Champion), Dewlay Cheesemakers, (Reserve UK) and Friesland Campina, (Reserve Overseas).
Visit internationalcheeseawards.co.uk for the full list of winners.
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