A celebration of the art of maturing cheese and guiding it to its full potential
“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/Post-Make categories to include mould ripened and crumbly cheeses. This will allow the competitors to highlight and showcase a full range of affinage techniques, specific to those categories.
Join us at the Chinese Exchange on 14th June 2023 when all cheeses will be judged by a select committee of industry experts at an event hosted by the Academy of Cheese & Quicke’s. The category winners will be announced and the overall winner will be crowned Affineur of the Year 2023.
This is an incredibly exciting chance to discover the impact of maturing three styles of cheese, hear from some of the top cheese experts in the country and of course sample all the cheeses!
- 8kg Cheddar from Quicke’s
- 8kg Blue Stilton from Cropwell Bishop
- 3kg Baron Bigod brie from Fen Farm Dairy
- Rennet & Rind
- Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese
- Neal’s Yard Dairy
- No2 Pound Street
- Paxton & Whitfield
- The Courtyard Dairy
- The Crafty Cheese Man
- George & Joseph
- Indie Fude
- The Fine Cheese Co.
- The Cheese Lady
- Harvey & Brockless
- White Lake Cheese
- Chiswick Cheese Market
- Curd & Cure
Date & Time:
14th June 2023 Drop in from 2.30pm – 7.30pm. Results to be announced 5.45pm (Timings subject to tweaks)
Affineur of the Year 2023 – schedule:
2.30pm – Welcome drinks
2.45pm – Introduction from Mary Quicke MBE from Quicke’s and Tracey Colley, director of the Academy of Cheese
3pm – Judging and introduction to each competitor, tasting of other cheeses
5.30pm – Results and judges’ feedback
6pm – Tasting
7.30pm – Close
China Exchange, 32a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JA
Samples of all the competition cheeses
Meet all the competitors and taste their other cheeses
Refreshments will be available throughout the event.
Ticket cost: £50 including VAT
Please retain your receipt and we will send you joining updates in due course.
Thank you to all of our artisanal producers that will be keeping us refreshed on the day:
Please note, once the event is booked it is non-refundable. All bookings are final, however, if you are unable to attend you can reassign your booking to another person.
We reserve the right to cancel the event at short notice should circumstances beyond our control make this unavoidable. Should this occur, ticket holders will be offered a place on the re-scheduled date.