Cornish Kern, an alpine-style cheese made by Lynher Dairies Cheese Company, has been crowned World Champion Cheese at the 30th annual World Cheese Awards, after just a few years in development.
This buttery medium-hard cheese, with a deep aroma and caramel notes, rose to the top among 3,000 entries and Cathy Strange, global executive co-ordinator for Whole Foods Market in the USA, championed the cheese during the final round of judging.
She described the cheese: “Visually stunning, with its standout dark rind and the quality of milk is really evident in this cheese. It has an amazing age and a complexity, which keeps on coming. This is a super cheese and I would be glad to have it on any table.” The rest of the International Super Jury, representing nations including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway and South Africa, concurred, awarding Cornish Kern the highest score of the final judging stage.
Sarah Barnes, technical manager at Lynher Dairies Cheese Company, who collected the award in London, said: “The judges said some wonderful things about our cheese. Cornish Kern is a new concept so to see it come to this is so exciting for the company and a great start for this cheese’s career.”