“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.
Building upon the success of last year’s competition, the Academy of Cheese and Quicke’s wanted, this year, to extend it out to different make/postmake categories to include mould ripened; washed rind and crumbly cheeses. This will allow the competitors to highlight and showcase a full range of affinage techniques, specific to those categories.
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How “Affineur of the Year” works
Affineur of the Year 2023 Dates
What happens, when?
Which Cheeses are involved?
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Meet the Competitors
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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
Affineur of the Year competition 2022
In 2022 the first Affineur of the Year competition took place. All the competitors received a 27kg Quicke’s mature truckle from the same vat and the competitors needed to take care of the cheese for 9 months. Most competitors chose to keep the cheese in their own maturing room and competitors were free to do what they wanted. Every 3 months the cheese was graded, documented and published on social media.
After 9 months the cheese was judged by a select committee of industry experts at an event hosted by Quicke’s & the Academy of Cheese. The event was open to the public, and the competitors had the opportunity to sell their competition cheese at the event.
Meet the Competitors
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.