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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Full list of Winners at the Irish Cheese Awards 2011

The Irish Cheese Awards at the SHOP Exhibition is now firmly established as the major event in Ireland for the cheese industry. The appeal of the awards is the competition between the small cottage based producers, large commercial creameries and importers and recognition of their role in developing trade on the island of Ireland.
The competition provides a showcase for visitors and professionals to view and sample firsthand the tremendous variety of cheeses now available in Ireland. It also delivers a buying audience from specialist delicatessen outlets to multiple retailers plus hoteliers and restaurateurs.

Here is the List of Winners who were presented the prizes this evening at a ceremony
at the SHOP2011 event at the RDS, Dublin which was supported by Sheridans Cheesemongers

Supreme Champion 2011:
Killeen Goat Mature
Marion Roeleveld, Killeen Farmhouse, Co. Galway
"The recipe is based on that of Gouda cheese, handmade from pasteurised milk, using traditional animal rennet. The goat’s milk is produced from our own herd of goats fed on a grass based diet which is rich in clover!"

Killeen Farmhouse Goats Cheese takes the Supreme Champion 2011 Award

List of Medal Winners:

Cheese Type

Gold Medal

Silver Medal
Bronze Medal
Blue veined cheeses from any milk

Crozier Blue

J&L Grubb, Co. Tipperary
Bellingham Blue
Peter Thomas, Co. Louth
Cashel Blue
J&L Grubb, Co. Tipperary
Surface-washed, ripened cheeses from any milk
Milleens Dote
Steele Family, Co. Cork
Giana Feguson, Co. Cork
Jeffa Gill, Co. Cork
White moulded cheeses, soft & semi soft from any milk

Breda Maher, Co. Tipperary
Knockdrinna Snow
Helen Finnegan, Co. Kilkenny
HARD: Under 6 months Hard & semi hard cheeses from any milk
Burren Gold
Aillwee Cave, Co. Clare
St. Gall
Shinnicks, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Moonshine Emental
Mary Kelly / Marion Roeleveld
MATURE: Over 6 months Hard & semi hard cheeses from any milk
Glebe Brethan
David Tiernan, Co. Louth
Killeen Goat Mature
Marion Roeleveld, Co. Galway
Coolea Extra Mature
Willems Family, Co. Cork


Knockdrinna Meadow
Helen Finnegan, Co. Kilkenny
Crozier Blue
J&L Grubb, Co. Tipperary


Killeen Goat Mature
Marion Roeleveld, Co. Galway
Tom Biggane, Co. Cork
Killeen Goat Young
Marion Roeleveld, Co. Galway
from any milk

Killeen Cow Cumin
Marion Roeleveld, Co. Galway
Burren Gold Cumin
Aillwee Cave, Co. Clare


On the market for less than 18 months
Ardsallagh Cranberry
Jane Murphy, Co. Cork
Kilree (Knockdrinna)
Helen Finnegan, Co. Kilkenny
Boyne Valle Blue
Michael Finegan, Co. Meath
From any milk

Buffalo Mozarella
Toonsbridge Dairy, Co. Cork
Yeats Organic Full Fat
Green Pastures, Co. Donegal
 From any milk
Knockanore Smoked
Eamon Lonergan, Co. Waterford
Mature Gubbeen Smoked
Giana Ferguson, Co. Cork
Carrigaline Smoked
Pat O'Farrell, Co. Cork
CREAMERY CHEDDAR: Aged less than 9 months

Wexford Creamery Cheddar
Co. Wexford
Wexford Hard Cheese
Co. Wexford
Aged more than 9 months
Extra Mature White
Newmarket Creamery, Cork
Wexford Mature
Co. Wexford
Mature White

Entries are graded out of 100 based on the following criteria:
Judging Criteria           Points Available
Flavour & Aroma               45
Body & Texture                 40
Colour                               10
Overall Appearance           5

This year's judging panel consisted of leading Food Industry experts. They were: Marian Cahill, Pallas Foods - Peter Ward, Country Choice - Monica Murphy, Febvre - Dan Fennelly, Cheese Consultant - Darina Allen, Celebrity Chef - Eddie O'Neill, Teagasc.

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