Cornish cheese wins 2010 World Cheese Awards
An English cheese, Cornish Blue, has been declared World Champion Cheese 2010 at the World Cheese Awards. Congratulations to the Cornish Cheese Company who make the cheese. The judging for the World Cheese Awards took place at the BBC Good Food Show on 24 November 2010. There were 2629 cheeses from 29 different countries entered into the competition but Cornish Blue was voted the overall winner. There were numerous category winners as well and, not surprisingly, Cornish Blue also won the categories for Best English and Best British Cheese.
Cornish Blue (picture courtesy of © Cornish Cheese Co.)
So what is so special about Cornish Blue? It is not as strong as some blue cheeses and has a sweet, mild and creamy taste but with enough character to win over the judges of the Awards. Cornish Blue is made by Philip and Carol Stansfield at their farm near Liskeard in Cornwall. The Stansfield’s diversified into cheese making from dairy farming in 2001 in order to add value to the milk they were producing. Cornish Blue is meant to be eaten young so is not matured as long as, say, Stilton but only for 12 to 14 weeks, That is what gives the cheese its mild character. While maturing, each cheese is pierced weekly with stainless steel rods which allows naturally occurring mould to enter the cheese and create the blue veining. Cornish Blue is sold 1, 2 and 5 kilo truckles (rounds of cheese) or as cut pieces from delicatessens and some supermarkets. The Cornish Cheese Company also sell directly by mail order from their online shop and a 5kg truckle will cost you £75 if you fancy one for your Christmas table.