Nigel Pooley and Sarah de Wit have decided to turn A ‘wacky’ idea turning into reality, the Virtual cheese awards his year will take place on Saturday 18th July 2020.
The lockdown has severely affected the business of many specialist cheese makers & the fear is some may not be able to weather this storm. By holding the awards we hope to raise awareness and increase sales and all profits will be donated to charities supporting these dairies, makers and farmers.
The whole Judging process will be open for all to view online and we will intersperse the Judging Process with other items of interest linked to the Cheese World. We also want to encourage Consumers to get involved and watch the process and ultimately learn more about the different cheese on show with a view to them wanting to buy and try.
Sarah De Wit
A food technologist with manufacturing & major retail experience of almost 30 yrs. Having worked successfully at Asda for over 16 years within the Cheese category.
I’m truly & utterly passionate about cheese & the dairy industry.
For the past 2 years I have run my own business, a key focus for me is helping dairies with on-going quality improvement, grading & NPD.
A lifelong dedicated Dairy person with 57 years continuous working in the Industry, the last 23 + years at Wyke Farms.
For the past 30 years I have been involved with Cheese Shows and the past 20 years Chairman of local Cheese Award Shows so have it in my blood and to be honest with Coronavirus was beginning to miss the buzz associated with entering our best cheese.
Jeremy Bowen has been in & around food for over 25 years but cheese has always been the hero ! As a food critic, international judge, food stylist, journalist and Owner & Trader at jbfoodsolutions he is known for getting things done. Jeremy at email@example.com
works with small producers supporting and orchestrating their wish to reach market hence our pleasure in having him on our Team .
Vickie Rogerson is officially obsessed with cheese! She is the co-founder of Homage2Fromage, a cheese events and cheese box delivery business, and also runs a food & drink PR agency North PR which has a strong leaning towards supporting the cheese and dairy industry. She is a champion for cheese producers and actively helps connect consumers with all sorts of amazing cheese in a fun, informal and informative way.
For cheese chats, email firstname.lastname@example.org
18 July 2020
11.00 am Introduction by Nigel Barden
11.05 am Interview with Nigel Pooley
11.10 am Best Cheddar Cheese Category
11.30 am Interview with Sarah de Wit
11 40 am Best Territorial cheese Category
12.05 pm Interview Gill Hall – Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses
12 15 pm Best Blue Cheese
12.30 pm Interview with Sean Wilson
12.35 pm Interview with Vickie Rogerson North PR
12 40 pm Best Enhanced Cheese
13.05 pm Interview with Michelle Shirlow MBE
13 10 pm Best Speciality Cheese
13 30 pm Jeremy Bowen – Cheese Socialite
13 35 pm Irish Black Butter Video
13 35 pm Butlers Peoples Choice Cheese Box with Gill Hall
13 45 pm Best Artisan Hard Cheese
14 05 pm Interview with Catherine Mead
14 15 pm Best Artisan Soft Cheese
14 35 pm Interview with Razan d’Alous – Yorkshire Dama Cheese
14 45 pm Expert Panel
15 15 pm Society of Dairy Technology video
15 20 pm Interview with Richard Clothier Wyke Farms
15 40 pm Interview the 3 Final Judges
15 45 pm Holly Shackleton from Speciality Food magazine talks about the amazing prize for the Winner
15 50 pm Build up to the Final
15 55 pm Recap on the Category Winners
16 00 pm Judging of the Final for Best British Cheese
16 45 pm Nigel and Sarah announce the winner
16 50 pm Interview with the winner