Results Are In: Another Record-Breaking Year for the International Cheese Awards

The International Cheese Awards at Nantwich continues to be the biggest and best cheese show in the world, breaking yet another set of records at this year’s show. We didn’t think we could top 2015’s all-time high of 4,615 entries, but amazingly we did, with an astonishing total of 5,000 entries from around the world. Nearly half of these (47%) were from overseas, making us a truly international show!

More than 200 expert judges started the process of tasting and testing all the entries at 9am this morning, and eventually announced the Champion Overseas, Supreme Champion and winner of the Westminster Cup 2016 as Treur Kaas for their aged Jerseyhoeve Schorren – going one better than last year. Reserve Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion Overseas was awarded to Elite Imports, whilst Champion UK went to Arla Foods with a Double Gloucester from Taw Valley Creamery.

Supreme Retailer for 2016 – presented to the retailer gaining most Gold Awards in the show - once again went to Waitrose, with the Bracknell-based supermarket picking up 25 Gold awards across all classes as well as winning Speciality Cheese Retailer of the year. Morrisons came in second with 21 golds, and also triumphed as Cheddar Cheese Retailer of the year. In the remaining individual retail awards, Asda was awarded Healthy Cheese Retailer of the year and the Co-Operative won Cheese Board Retailer of the year.

Last but not least, the British Cheese Board industry award was presented to Nigel Pooley, who recently retired from his post as Master Cheese Grader at Wyke Farms. Nigel’s olfactory powers are so legendary that his nose was famously insured for £5 million, and he is still known – with much affection – as Nige-the-Nose.

Well done to all our winners and those awarded well-deserved Golds, Silvers and Bronzes, and a huge thanks to everyone who entered and made the show the biggest yet. For a full list of class results and trophy winners, please visit the International Cheese Awards website and click on the link halfway down the home page.