On Wednesday 27 November 2013, Toby Murray, owner of Beechwood Fine Foods, the Tring farm shop in town, appeared again as one of the judges at the World Cheese Awards held at the NEC in conjunction with the BBC Good Food Show.
his is the third time Toby has been asked to judge at the prestigious awards. He and fellow judges – Mark Horsman, a food technologist at the food centre Wales, and Tricia Wallis of Lowna Dairy, East Yorkshire – awarded Supergold to the creamy blue Montagnolo Affiné which was then selected from a further 58 Supergolds as the eventual winner.
Two British Supergold winners, Cropwell Bishop’s Stilton and Two Hoots’ Barkam Blue, will be on sale at the shop on Frogmore Street, Tring in the run up to Christmas.
In fact Germany took first and second place with the same cheese, the Montagnolo Affiné which was made by Kaserei Champignon in Bavaria. The cheese beat two English Stiltons from the final 15 out of more than 2,700 entries.
A spokesperson for the Great Taste Awards reported, “It is the first time a German cheese has taken the top prize in the 25 year history of the World Cheese Awards, which is run by the UK’s Guild of Fine Food and is the biggest international competition of its kind.”
David Gremmels of Rogue Creamery in the USA, one of the final judges, described the Montagnolo Affiné as “a brilliant blue – you get a sweet, creamy flavour, a medium spiciness from the blueing, and the rind melts beautifully into the paste.” Whilst Louis Aird of Canada’s Saputo Dairy Products said it was “a blue for people who don’t think they like blue cheeses”.
“I’m honoured to have been asked back to judge for a third year”, said Toby. “It was a great day and I enjoyed working alongside Mark and Tricia. The Montagnolo tasted like a champion right from the start!”
To find out more about Beechwood Fine Foods, visit www.beechwoodfinefoods.com or contact Toby and Sarah Murray on tel: 01442 828812.