The Prettiest Cheese
Yesterday in Melbourne, the 'best of the best' Australian dairy products received their crowning glory at Dairy Australia’s 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards (AGDA) regarded as the Jimmy Watson of the Dairy Industry. Nineteen Champions and two Grand Champions were awarded in front of members and supporters of the dairy industry from around the country.
Woodside Cheese Wrights was awarded the trophy for Champion Goat or Sheep milk cheese for their Monet: fresh chevre which is seasoned with herbs and edible flowers.
Judges noted the freshness and excellent quality of the cheese in addition to the unique and attractive presentation. Chef Matthew Macartney from Chateau Yering said "One of the prettiest cheeses I have judged as well as one of the tastiest"'
Deputy Chief Judge, Russell Smith said "Monet boasts stunning presentation and the cheese is superbly made, it should be in every top end restaurant in Australia." Mr Smith recently returned from the World Cheese Championships in Wisconsin where 2500 cheeses from all over the world were evaluated by 20 international judges. "I did not see a fresh goat cheese presented or manufactured to such a high level" commented Mr Smith
Kris Lloyd, Head Cheese Maker and CEO of Woodside Cheese Wrights, said "When I first told people I was going to put flowers on my cheese they all laughed at me and said it wouldn't work. I am glad I didn't take any notice!" When asked why she put flowers on a cheese Ms Lloyd said "I think I was going through a stage of "cheese making" is so unglamorous, whites, hairnets and gumboots I wanted to put a slightly feminine touch into the mix, we all loved the result and it sat well with our point of difference culture."
Woodside Monet is available through selected gourmet grocers, farmers markets, Woodside Cellar Door and the Central Markets, Smelly Cheese Shop. Woodside also produces Monet for cheese lovers who getting married and want a cake with a difference.
Woodside Cheese Wrights won the same trophy 10 years ago in 2002 for their ashed cheese Edith.