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Introducing the Great British Cheese Awards

The awards will celebrate the best of British cheese produced and distributed by independent cheesemakers and retailers. We will bring together a community of fine food lovers, producers, chefs, restaurants, pubs, bloggers and food writers to nominate and vote for their favourite British cheeses and discover the best cheese shops in the UK.

Partners

You can shape the future of British cheese

No other cheese awards give the discerning public such a large voice in recognising and rewarding the wide variety of outstanding British cheese. Rather than relying on tastings with hundreds of people at country shows, our awards bring together hundreds of thousands of people online along with industry experts, food writers and celebrities to give the artisan cheese industry unparalleled prominence.

With ten categories – from best artisan cheese producer to best speciality cheese retailer, best hard cheese to best soft cheese – the public can decide who’s in the running, vote for their favourites and be in with the chance of winning a fantastic prize.

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Wendy Wilson-Bett

Co-founder and Managing Director – Peter’s Yard

Chefs, food writers and the general public describe our crispbread as being the 'perfect host' for cheese, so we are always happy to showcase the very best examples being made in the UK today. The Great British Cheese Awards allows us to recognise and celebrate cheese producers and retailers who are uncompromising about their range of products and, who like us, value craftsmanship and taste.

How the awards work

Artisan cheese producers and retailers can enter directly and will have until midnight on 23 June 2016 to complete their entries. During this time the general public will also be encouraged to nominate their favourites.

Throughout the nomination process entries that catch the organiser’s eye will be featured on the Great British Cheese Awards website and benefit from promotion across the social media communities of both Great British Chefs and Peter’s Yard.

The voting process will commence in July to create a shortlist of finalists. This will be followed by specialist judging tastings by a panel of experts, before a final awards ceremony held in London at the end of October.

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Ollie Lloyd

CEO and Founder – Great British Chefs

By launching The Great British Cheese Awards we hope to produce a catalogue of great artisan cheese and discover up-and-coming cheesemakers. Both Great British Chefs and Peter’s Yard rely on fantastic tasting ingredients and the people who produce them. Together we have a social media reach of over 1.3 million and we want to utilise this platform to help promote talent in the British cheese industry.

Free to enter and gain recognition

It will be easy and free for individual producers and retailers who make or sell cheese they are particularly proud of to gain recognition from the public and industry experts.

Join us and help raise the profile of artisan cheese producers and retailers. The awards will put the spotlight on great cheese and help to expand both horizons and tastebuds when it comes to buying some of the amazing varieties produced across the UK.

Watch this space to stay informed of key dates in the nomination and voting process. We hope you will enjoy having a hand in shaping the future of British cheese.