Affineur Of The Year Finals 2023

Join us for the finals of Affineur of the Year 2023 competition. Discover more about the art of maturation, watch each cheese being judged by a select committee of industry experts, listen to live interviews with the affineurs and be the first to taste all of the cheeses. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unique exciting cheese competition, to meet many talented cheese experts and taste their cheeses.

Essential Information

When: 14th June 2023 Duration: Drop in 3pm – 7.30pm (Timings subject to tweaks)

Location: China Exchange, 32a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JA

Price: £50 inc VAT

£41.67 + VAT


Additional information




London, UK


14th June 2023


2.30pm – 7.30pm

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.

Event details

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!

The Cheeses:

The Competitors:

  • Brindisa
  • 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

The Sponsors:

  • 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

What’s included:

Welcome Drinks

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.