International Cheese Awards Press Release May 2017: Celebrity chef line-up for this year’s show

In just over two months, anyone who’s anyone in the dairy industry will be converging on Nantwich in Cheshire for the 120th International Cheese Awards on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th July. As well as Trade and Judging Day on the 25th we’ve got an amazing Show Day lined up on the 26th, when we combine with the Nantwich agricultural show to bring you a spectacular day out – and you might even catch a glimpse of a few familiar faces…

Celebrity chefs announced for ICA2017

One of the highlights of Show Day is the brilliant line-up of well-known chefs in our demo kitchen, offering you the chance to see some top-level cooking up close. Heading the bill once again is James Martin, a long-time supporter of the show and familiar face to us all. At last year’s show, James became a member of the prestigious Guilde Internationale des Fromagers for his commitment to championing the dairy industry, and if you’ve still not got used to Saturday mornings without him, this is the perfect opportunity to see him in action! Also making a return appearance is Will Holland, head chef at Coast in Pembrokeshire, named the best restaurant in Wales at the AA Hospitality Awards. Formerly head chef at La Becasse in Ludlow, Will was awarded a Michelin star in 2009 at the age of just 29 and has made a number of television appearances, including The Great British Menu.

Next up is Sean Wilson, who has built up a reputation as a highly successful cheesemaker since leaving Coronation Street to train as a chef before starting The Saddleworth Cheese Company in 2009 with best friend Mark Revell. The pair have achieved incredible success, winning numerous awards for their cheese at all the major awards, including the ICA, with a range that includes Muldoon’s Picnic, a lovely crumbly Lancashire, and the stunning Smelly Ha’peth, a true Saddleworth Blue. Finally, we’re thrilled to welcome back Jonathan Harrison, chef patron of The Sandpiper in Leyburn, a beautiful 17th century inn which Jonathan has run with his wife Janine since 1999. He was awarded the Roux Scholarship in 1993 and went to Alain Ducasse in Monte Carlo, a stint which contributed to his appointment as Chef de Cuisine at Birmingham’s only 5 star hotel. He has continued to gather plaudits since opening The Sandpiper, including Yorkshire Life Dining Pub of the Year. We’ve missed him at the ICA in the last couple of years, so it’s great to see him back for this year’s show.

Entries still open for this year’s show

If you’ve not yet entered your dairy produce for this year’s show, there’s still time! We didn’t think we would top the remarkable level of competition we had in 2015, but ICA 2016 proved us all wrong by attracting an amazing 5000 entries. We’re the biggest and best cheese show in the world for a reason! In the end, Supreme Champion and winner of the Westminster Cup 2016 was announced as Treur Kaas for their aged Jerseyhoeve Schorren, with Waitrose scooping Supreme Retailer for 2016. It’s now easier to enter than ever before: simply visit our website here, download the relevant forms, complete, and then submit online.  

For more details about how to get involved with ICA 2017 as an exhibitor or a sponsor contact, or email Liz at if you’d like to attend as press.

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