What is “Affineur of the Year”?
“Affineur of the Year” is a unique opportunity for cheesemongers and cheesemakers to showcase, across the world, the skill and artistry involved in guiding a cheese to its full potential.
Quicke’s and the Academy of Cheese are delighted to launch this brand new competition for the Cheese Industry. It is a unique experiment in cheese maturation, grading and tasting.
AFFINEUR OF THE YEAR RESULTS 2022
Affineur of the Year winner 2022
Perry James Wakeman of Rennet & Rind
Perry James Wakeman of Rennet & Rind has been crowned Affineur of the Year 2022 in our prestigious first event.
Affineur of the Year 2nd Place winner 2022
Neals Yard Dairy Retail
The retail team at Neals Yard dairy took 2nd place in our Affineur of the Year 2022 competition
Affineur of the Year 3rd Place winner 2022
Neals Yard Dairy Warehouse
3rd place in our Affineur of the Year 2022 competition was taken by the warehouse team at Neals Yard dairy
Affineur of the Year People’s Choice winner 2022
Rennet & Rind
Perry James Wakeman of Rennet & Rind also took the people choice award at Affineur of the Year 2022.
How “Affineur of the Year” works
Affineur of the Year 2022 Dates
What happens, when?
What will score points and how many are available?
The most important element of the judging, with the highest points rating.
Flavour including length and differential nose to rind
Flavours out of /10
Aroma out of /5
Body/texture, out of /5
Appearance/rind out of /5
Grading sheets / records
Detailed grading sheets / records are crucial to understanding how the result has been achieved.
out of /5
The condition and structural integrity of the cheese (blueing and damage, cheese mite).
The most critical part of maturing a whole cheddar, this is where competitors’ affinage skills will be put to the test.
out of /10
Innovation / interesting additions to the original.
This is a chance for competitors to express creativity and trial new ideas.
out of /10
Who is taking part?
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