Champions of Cheese award win to Waimata

NOW SAY CHEESE: Waimata Cheese co-owner Carol Thorpe had plenty to smile about after the company’s cracked pepper haloumi won a category at the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards. She is pictured receiving the award from Eurofins sales and marketing manager Mark Inglis. Picture by Brydie Photography

Gisborne family-owned Waimata Cheese won a trophy for its cracked pepper haloumi at the annual New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

The company took home the Eurofins Champion European Style Cheese Trophy at the awards night this week.

It was one of 26 given out from 280 original entries.

In March, Waimata Cheese won six medals, including three gold, at the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemaker Association Cheese Awards.

Gold medals went to the company’s traditional haloumi, chilli haloumi and cracked pepper haloumi.

Judges had plenty to say about the haloumi range: “Great haloumi, good balance of salt, very good appearance, with a buttery flavour and aroma— a very good cheese, nice balanced flavour with the salt and chilli and great flavour, great balance and body of cheese.”

Waimata Cheese assistant general manager Kelly Thorpe said the company was “beyond thrilled” with the award “especially as we were up against some stiff competition in a category that traditionally is dominated by hard-style cheeses”.

“Our haloumi continues to be one of our best-selling cheeses and we simply cannot make enough.”

The champion of champions award went to Meyer Cheese Goats Milk Gouda.

Gisborne family-owned Waimata Cheese won a trophy for its cracked pepper haloumi at the annual New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

The company took home the Eurofins Champion European Style Cheese Trophy at the awards night this week.

It was one of 26 given out from 280 original entries.

In March, Waimata Cheese won six medals, including three gold, at the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemaker Association Cheese Awards.

Gold medals went to the company’s traditional haloumi, chilli haloumi and cracked pepper haloumi.

Judges had plenty to say about the haloumi range: “Great haloumi, good balance of salt, very good appearance, with a buttery flavour and aroma— a very good cheese, nice balanced flavour with the salt and chilli and great flavour, great balance and body of cheese.”

Waimata Cheese assistant general manager Kelly Thorpe said the company was “beyond thrilled” with the award “especially as we were up against some stiff competition in a category that traditionally is dominated by hard-style cheeses”.

“Our haloumi continues to be one of our best-selling cheeses and we simply cannot make enough.”

The champion of champions award went to Meyer Cheese Goats Milk Gouda.

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