Judges Announced and Nominations Open for the Great British Cheese Awards

Nominations are now open for the Great British Cheese Awards which have been launched to celebrate the best of British cheese produced and distributed by independent cheesemakers and retailers. 

Artisan Cheese producers and retailers can enter for free and alongside this, the Great British Cheese Awards will bring together a community of fine food lovers, producers, chefs, restaurants, pubs, bloggers and food writers to nominate and vote for their favourites. Nominations will close on 19thJune 2016. The awards will run across nine categories:

-          Best Speciality Cheese Retailer

-          Best Artisan Cheese Producer

-          Best Hard Cheese

-          Best Blue Cheese

-          Best Soft Cheese

-          Best Semi-Soft Cheese

-          Best Fresh Cheese

-          Best New Cheese Producer (selected by judges)

-          People’s Choice – Best British Cheese (selected from nominations across all categories)

No other cheese awards give the public such a large voice in recognising and rewarding cheese. Rather than relying on tastings at country shows or events, these awards bring together hundreds of thousands of people online along with industry experts, food writers and celebrities to give the artisan cheese industry unparalleled prominence.

Once nominations close, the voting process will commence from 1stJuly. This will then create a shortlist of finalists who will be evaluated by an expert judging panel. Judges so far confirmed include:

Brian Turner - Chef Restaurateur and President of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts,

Chantelle Nicholson – Group Operations Director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants & Head Chef at Tredwells by Marcus Wareing,

Galton Blackiston – Owner & Chef Patron of Morston Hall,

Fiona Beckett – Food & Drink Journalist,

Patrick McGuigan – Food Journalist and Cheese Writer,

Felicity Spector – Food Writer & Great Taste Awards Judge,

Chris Mercer – Editor of Decanter.com.

More judges will be announced in coming weeks.

The awards will culminate with a final awards ceremony which will be held in London at the end of October.

The Great British Cheese Awards are organised by Great British Chefs (the UK’s fastest growing food website) and Peter’s Yard, whose crispbread was recently named as “the best biscuit for cheese out there”.

www.greatbritishcheeseawards.com

ENDS

Lesley Parr

Splat Marketing & PR

07754 482139 / 01538 381884

lesley@splat-marketing.co.uk

@SplatPR

About Peter’s Yard www.petersyard.com

Peter’s Yard is an award-winning artisan bakery that makes authentic Swedish crispbread. Made using a traditional Swedish recipe with just five all-natural ingredients, the authentic crispbreads are high in fibre, free from anything artificial and use wholewheat flours, fresh milk, honey and naturally fermenting sourdough just as they would have been centuries ago in Sweden. Peter’s Yard offer a variety of crispbread and pack sizes so there is a crispbread to suit every eating occasion. The combination of their light, crisp texture and simple, high quality ingredients make them the perfect partner for any topping but in particular when served with cheese.

Peter’s Yard has set out on a mission to become the Swedish bakery company and is stocked in over 1000 independent delicatessens, cheese shops, specialist shops and farm shops and also in larger Waitrose stores and on line. The crispbreads are also served in some of the best restaurants in the UK. Peter’s Yard’s original crispbread attained 3 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards 2015. The crispbread was also listed as a Great Taste Top 50 Food and named by judges as “the best biscuit for cheese out there”. At the beginning of 2016, UK speciality retailers named Peter’s Yard as their Best Biscuit Brand for 2015-16 (in a survey compiled by the Guild of Fine Food Retailers.

About Great British Chefs www.greatbritishchefs.com

As the fastest growing food website in the UK [Source: Experian/Hitwise], Great British Chefs attracts over 1,100,000 visits each month and also has a highly engaged social media following of 1.3m across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

Great British Chefs is the go-to destination for food lovers in search of recipe inspiration, technical expertise, in-depth food stories, food trends plus the latest chef and restaurant news and reviews. The site provides food lovers with over 2,000 recipes, videos and cooking tips from more than 100 of Britain’s best chefs. Great British Chefs work with award-winning chefs who are cooking in their restaurants every day, cooking spectacular food at the highest level. With stunning photography and engaging writers, the site is designed to make food lovers permanently hungry.

OPPORTUNITIES:

-        Please get in touch if you would like to receive a sample of Peter’s Yard crispbreads

-        A photographic library is available

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