Affineur Of The Year Finals 2024

Join us for the finals of Affineur of the Year 2024. Discover more about the art of maturation, listen to live interviews with the affineurs, be amongst the first to taste all of the cheeses, take part in the People’s Choice award and hear who will be crowned Affineur of the Year 2024. 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.

Additional information




London, UK


12th June 2024


2.30pm – 7.30pm

£50.00 + VAT

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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 ageing a cheese to its full potential.

The competition, launched in 2022 by the Academy of Cheese and Quicke’s, started with ten affineurs taking a young Quicke’s Clothbound Cheddar and maturing it over the course of 12 months.

Now in its third year, Affineur of the Year has expanded the number of cheese categories to include different Make Post-Make varieties of cheese, to allow more competitors the opportunity to highlight and showcase a full range of affinage techniques, specific to those categories.

Event details

Join us at the China Exchange on 12th June 2024 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 2024.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn about the effects of aging three different styles of cheese, listen to top cheese experts, and of course, taste all the delicious cheeses!

The Cheeses:

The Competitors:

  • Brindisa
  • Neal’s Yard Dairy
  • No2 Pound Street
  • Paxton & Whitfield
  • The Courtyard Dairy
  • The Crafty Cheese Man
  • The Fine Cheese Co.
  • Trethowan Brothers
  • Ty Caws
  • White Lake Cheese

The Sponsors:

  • Harvey & Brockless
  • Peters Yard
  • Chiswick Cheese Market
  • Curd & Cure

Date & Time:

12th June 2024  Drop in from 2.30pm – 7.30pm. Results to be announced 5.45pm (Timings subject to tweaks)

Affineur of the Year 2024 – 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

Access to all seminars & masterclasses (spaces are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis).

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 plus VAT

Please retain your receipt and we will send you joining updates in due course.


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.