7 Catalan cheesemakers recognised at World Cheese Awards
The World Cheese Awards, one of the most important awards in the world, recognised 9 Catalan cheeses, almost double the amount from last year. These are the most important awards in the cheese-making sector. They confirm the growth of Catalan cheese’s international projection.
Barcelona (Gastroteca.cat).- Catalan cheesemakers won 3 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal at the World Cheese Awards, a world cheese competition with over 2,700 cheeses from 30 countries. The results confirm that Catalonia is one of the highest quality cheese-making countries.
The World Cheese Awards took place from the 24th to the 28th of November in Birmingham, England. A total of 7 Catalan cheesemakers won 9 awards at the event. The Formatgeria Betara of Olost (Osona county) won the Gold Medal in \u2018semi-hard goats\u2019 milk cheese\u2019 and a Silver Medal in \u2018semi-hard ewes\u2019 milk cheese\u2019. The Formatgeria Sant Gil d'Albió of Llorac (Conca de Barberà county) won two Silver Medals for their Garrotxa cheese in the \u2018hard goats\u2019 milk cheese\u2019 category and another in \u2018semi-hard cheese produced on farm or dairy with a total output not exceeding a weekly average of 2t\u2019. The Formatgeria Serrat Gros of Ossera (Alt Urgell county) received a Gold Medal in \u2018goats\u2019 milk cheese with additives\u2019. The Formatges Artesans de Ponent of Almacelles (Segrià county) won the Silver Medal in the same category for their goats\u2019 milk cheese with rosemary. Other winners included: a Silver Medal in \u2018soft goats\u2019 milk cheese\u2019 for Formatges Bauma of Borredà (Berguedà county), a Gold Medal in \u2018soft ewes\u2019 milk cheese\u2019 for Formatges de Surp\u2019s \u2018Casa Mateu\u2019 cheese, and a Bronze Medal in \u2018hard goats\u2019 milk cheese\u2019 for Formatges Muntanyola.
\u201CThe recognition was a complete surprise. Among all of the candidates, I did not imagine that we would win the Gold Medal. Now we are just waiting to receive the \u2018cheese\u2019 label to put on our products\u201D, said Dimas Corbera of Formatges Surp. Also satisfied with the award, Carlos Pàmpols of Formatges Artesans de Ponent said, \u201Can award like this helps the industry move forward\u201D.
Catalan cheesemakers won a total of 9 medals at the event, almost double the number from last year. They confirm the growing international projection of the sector. Of the 7 cheesemakers, 2 were also awarded last year: Formatges Bauma and Formatgeria Serrat Gros. Last year, they were joined by Formatges Mas El Garet. The World Cheese Awards is the most prestigious competition of cheeses in the world. This year\u2019s event included 2,700 different cheeses that were judged by more than 200 experts.