Cheese firm bosses all a Blur at top contest

NIck Alex and Richard''DEWLAY STORY FOR aUG 3 2001
NIck Alex and Richard''DEWLAY STORY FOR aUG 3 2001

GARSTANG-based Dewlay Cheese company is continuing to pick up awards at this summer’s cheese shows.

It’s latest awards came at the International Cheese Show held at Nantwich.

The company scooped 18 awards at the show, the main haul being six gongs (including gold) for Dewlay’s Tasty Lancashire cheese.

Managing director Nick Kenyon said: “Our Tasty Lancashire is matured for around 7-12 months so there is plenty of flavour and maturity

“Outside of Lancashire this cheese is very popular as people love that strong taste, complimented with the smooth texture expected from a Lancashire cheese.”

Renowned for their Lancashire cheese, Dewlay saw its creamy and crumbly Lancashire varieties pick up a number of silvers at the prestigious show.

Dewlay also collected silver for its other ‘territorial’ cheeses Red Leicester and Double Gloucester, against some tough competition.

With more than 3,100 cheeses entered in the 58,000 sq ft air conditioned marquee, the International Cheese Show sees competitors from across the UK and beyond pitting their cheese against each other in the two day event, which took place at Nantwich Show Ground from July 26 and 27.

Judges included celebrity chef James Martin, Blur bass player turned cheesemaker Alex James, and judge at next weekend’s Garstang Show, Terry Hudson.

Richard Kenyon, Dewlay’s production director and cheesemaker Graeme Slater were also on hand to act as steward’s at the event.

Guiding judges during the competition and indicating what qualities to look out for in the cheese, Richard Kenyon teamed up with Alex James during the competition.

Richard said: “Stewarding is a chance to inform the judges about what to look for in a cheese as we work with the product day in day out. I’m sure Alex picked up some tips on cheese grading, and who knows, maybe next time I will pick up some guitar tips!”