Sandi and I just finished the day judging at the NZ Champions of Cheese awards at the Langham hotel in Auckland. We were both lucky enough to taste a variety of cheese styles in our categories. Although there was a range of quality as usual, there were some very nice cheeses. We continue to notice the absence of some cheese styles that are common overseas - and hope that kiwi cheese makers can be encouraged to continue to develop in this area and that the public will support them.
The final round of judging the gold medal winners to pick out the championship cheeses (for artisan and large commercial producers) showed some good New Zealand cheese makers. We are waiting until Tuesday night at the awards night to find out who won the Champion of Champions award!
Andrew & Sandi