A celebration of the art of maturing cheese and guiding it to its full potential
Back in May 2021, the Academy of Cheese and Quicke’s launched a brand new competition for the Cheese Industry. The Affineur of the Year competition 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.
Ten 27kg truckles of Quicke’s cheddar made from the same vat, are currently maturing in eight highly respected cheesemakers and cheesemongers maturing rooms across the country. The truckles have been turned, tweaked and graded, as each cheddar reacts to the specific temperature, humidity levels and unique microflora within its maturing rooms.
Join us at the Chinese Exchange on Wednesday 27th April 2022 when all ten truckles will be judged by a select committee of industry experts at an event hosted by the Academy of Cheese & Quicke’s and the winner will be crowned Affineur of the Year 2022.
This is an incredibly exciting chance to discover the impact of maturing Quicke’s truckles, hear from some of the top cheese experts in the country and of course sample all the cheeses!
- Buchanan’s Cheesemonger
- Cheese Plus
- Heritage Cheese
- Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese
- Neal’s Yard Dairy
- No2 Pound Street
- Paxton & Whitfield
- Matt Abé: Chef Patron at three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsey
- Patrick McGuigan: Food journalist, cheese writer & Academy of Cheese Training Partner
- Jon Lilley: Group Development Chef at Lexington Catering
- Ruth Raskin: Artisan cheese buyer at The Fine Cheese Co.
- Martha Collison: Baker, food columnist, cookbook author and Bake Off star
- Noemie Richard: Head of Cheese Education and Product Development, Savencia UK
Date & Time:
Wednesday 27th April 2022 Drop in from 3pm – 7.30pm. Results to be announced 5pm
Affineur of the Year 2022 – schedule:
3pm – Welcome drinks
3.15pm – Introduction from Mary Quicke MBE from Quicke’s and Tracey Colley, director of the Academy of Cheese
3.30pm – Judging and introduction to each competitor, tasting of other cheeses
5.00pm – Results and judges’ feedback
5.45pm – 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 offered throughout the event.
£50 including 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.
Thank you to the following artisan stall holders who will be offering their delectable products for your enjoyment at this event: