German Montagnolo Affine awarded 2012 Supreme Champion at the International Cheese Awards

A German Montagnolo Affine produced by Kaserei Champignon and imported by Elite Imports Ltd has been crowned Supreme Champion at this year’s International Cheese Awards, winning the accolade ahead of more than 3,927 other competitors.

A panel of expert judges from the dairy industry judged last year’s winner, a Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar produced by Ashley Chase Estate Ltd as the Nantwich Reserve Supreme Champion whilst Belton Cheese Ltd won the National Westminster trophy for the highest number of gold awards. Marks & Spencer won the Supreme Retailer Award.

This year’s competition saw 226 categories in all, with competitors from 27 countries. Other winners at the event, in its 115th year can be seen by downloading the results below.

Richard Paul, Show Chairman, said: “We had 3,927 entries in all, which is a record, and the standard across the board was extremely high – our panel of 156 judges really did have their work cut out to make their selections.

“They selected the Montognolo Affine – an extremely deserving Supreme Champion. It, and all the category winners and runners up, can now feature a gold, silver or bronze International Cheese Awards label on pack.

“We will now be continuing to working hard to educate consumers on what that logo means – that if they spot it they can be safe in the knowledge that the product has been judged, by experts, as outstanding.”

Mick Acuta of Elite Imports Ltd said; “I’m thrilled. I feel like I’ve just won gold at the Olympics. I just want to complement and thank the cheese maker Kaserei Champignon for the quality of this cheese. A few years ago it won reserve overseas champion and this is another great achievement for it.”