Having successfully submitted their creative cheeseboard combinations, the eight finalists will now take part in four, nail-biting rounds to discover this year’s ultimate winner:
- 1. Cheeseboard Proposal & Discussion – to discuss their cheeseboard selection.
- 2. A Cut & Wrap Exercise – to be done by sight without using weighing scales.
- 3. Identification – contestants will taste and identify a number of unmarked cheeses.
- 4. Master-rind – a quiz with the specialist subject ‘British cheese’.
Julius Longman, chairman of the British Cheese Awards, says: “We were really impressed with the quality and also the number of entries that we received this year. It was encouraging to see entries from young cheesemongers throughout the country, giving a positive picture of how this is such a great career for young foodies who love cheese. I’m looking forward to seeing how the eight finalists perform on the day. The nature of the four rounds means that it’s never certain who will win until right up to the end, making it an adrenaline-charged competition to take part in as well as watch.”