Affineur of the Year 2023

Affineur of the Year 2023

The second year of the Affineur of the Year competition which was founded by Quicke's and the Academy of Cheese in 2021, to shine a spotlight on the work of the UK's affineurs and the age-old art of maturing cheese and guiding it to its full potential.

What are the cheeses?


Building upon the success of this first year, and to widespread industry approval, the Academy of Cheese and Quicke’s are delighted to be extending the competition out to include four different kinds of cheese, to encompass a larger spectrum of affinage techniques.  The cheeses have been selected, based on the Academy’s Make / Post-Make model, and include:

ONE WEEK OLD QUICKE'S CHEDDAR 8kg

HARD

Affineur of the year 2023 Quickes Cheddar truckles

TWO-WEEK-OLD CROPWELL BISHOP- BLUE STILTON- 8KG

CRUMBLY/INTERNAL MOULD-RIPENED

 

THREE-DAY-OLD FEN FARM DAIRY BARON BIGOD BRIE -3KG 

SOFT/EXTERNAL MOULD RIPENED

 

 

TWO-WEEK-OLD WHITE LAKE SOLSTICE- 180G

SOFT/WASHED RIND 

How the competition works

Competitors receive the above cheese through this year and the beginning of next. They then mature the cheese at their facility for varying lengths of time depending on the cheese. During the maturation period, the cheese will be graded and documented on our social platforms.

At the end of the 12 months, the cheese will be judged by a select committee of industry experts at a public event hosted by Quicke's and the Academy of Cheese. We will have a category winner and then an overall winner will be crowned Affineur of the Year 2023 and you will be able to get the chance to taste each of the 15 participants' cheeses and the control cheeses.
"The art of affineur is perhaps the most underappreciated aspect of artisan cheesemaking, so we're delighted to be launching a competition that's dedicated to them."

Mary Quicke
 Affineur of the Year 2022- Mary grading Cheese

Participants


Neals Yard Dairy

Lincolnshire Poacher

Brindisa

No2 Pound Street

Paxton & Whitfield

Sharpham Cheese

La Fromagerie

Courtyard Dairy

The Cheese Lady

Indie Fude

Crafty Cheeseman

Fine Cheese Co. Bath

and last years winner Rennet & Rind

 Affineur of the Year 2022 WINNER PERRY FROM RENNET AND RIND

 This highly respected line-up of cheesemongers and cheesemakers will bring their considerable experience to bear on each truckle of Quicke’s cheddar, using a combination of science and artistry honed over many decades. The cheeses will be graded along the way, with grading sheets shared online, and will ultimately be judged on aspects including flavour, aroma, texture, appearance and innovation, before the Affineur of the Year 2023 is crowned.

Mary Quicke MBE explains: “The art of the affineur is perhaps the most underappreciated aspect of artisan cheesemaking, so we’re delighted to be launching a competition that’s dedicated to them. We know from experience that the hard work of our farmers and cheesemakers can be elevated or squandered in the maturing rooms, so it’s incredibly exciting to be packing our cheddar off to such a diverse range of cheese businesses across the country. Having experimented with this once before when we swapped truckles with Montgomery’s Cheddar in 2017, we know we’re in for plenty of surprises in nine months’ time!”

Tracey Colley, director of the Academy of Cheese, commented: “We’re so happy to be shining a spotlight on the work of the UK’s affineurs, as we owe so much of the recent British cheese renaissance to their skills and expertise. Time is the secret ingredient in so many great cheeses and the affineur has the all-important role of making sure that those weeks and months in the maturing rooms are put to good use! With so many of the cheese industry’s brightest and best taking part, this is going to be a wonderful way to bring the Academy of Cheese’s Maturing, Affinage & Grading modules to life.”

The Affineur of the Year 2023 competition commenced in June 22, with judging set to take place at the China Exchange in London, on 14th June 2023 as a live consumer and trade event, hosted by Quicke’s and the Academy of Cheese.

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Affineur of the year 2023

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