Harrogate Blue rated 11th best cheese in the world

Harrogate Blue rated 11th best cheese in the world

Published at 11:53am 22nd November 2017.

A soft blue cheese crafted at the family-run Shepherds Purse dairy in Thirsk has picked up a Super Gold award at this year’s World Cheese Awards for its Harrogate Blue cheese.

Their Harrogate Blue is now named 11th best cheese in the world. 

Harrogate Blue, which was the first cheese launched by Katie Matten and Caroline Bell after taking over the running of the dairy from mum and founder Judy Bell in 2012, was also included on the top table of the best 16 cheeses at the event from more than 3000 entries. 

It was named Harrogate Blue after the town which Caroline now calls home.

The soft, creamy blue veined cheese, which delivers a mellow blue flavour with a hint of pepper finish, has been a hit from day one, picking up its first award just 2 weeks after launch but this award has made the family and the team at Shepherds Purse particularly proud.

The prestigious prize was awarded at the World Cheese Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary and took place at London’s Tobacco Dock as part of a collaboration with Taste of London.

Shepherds Purse competed against more than 3000 cheeses from 35 countries around the world and was judged by an esteemed panel of famous faces from the world of cheese, including Sue Cloke “aka The Duchess”; journalist Patrick McGuigan and founder Bob Farrand. 

230 judges from across the globe travelled from 29 different countries to nose, taste and grade the cheese.

Harrogate Blue wasn’t the only Shepherds Purse winner at the cheese industry’s Oscars, the dairy also picked up two Gold awards for Mrs Bell’s Blue; a Gold for Bluemin White and a Silver for Yorkshire Blue.

Judges commenting on Harrogate Blue said: “Beautiful creamy buttery moist, full bodied, savoury and salty, becomes creamier in the mouth, golden colour, exceptional and moist, perfect cheese.”

“Exceptional cheese, incredible lingering taste in the mouth, so much personality, it is an honour to taste this.”

Caroline Bell, director, Shepherds Purse Cheeses said: “Katie and I are absolutely thrilled to win Super Gold for Harrogate Blue at this year’s World Cheese Awards.

"I’m so proud of my sister for developing the cheese and it’s been a favourite since it’s launch.

"It was such an honour to hear the judge’s comments as Harrogate Blue was judged as one of the top 16 cheeses in the world by a panel of esteemed judges."

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