Red Rose cheese launches a cross-border winning raid

Top award: Kathleen Moon with her award winning cheese
Top award: Kathleen Moon with her award winning cheese
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Lancashire cheesemakers took the biscuit at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses returned from a highly successful cross-border raid with a clutch of awards.

The company, based at Ingelwhite near Preston, scooped four first prizes despite competition from cheese producers from across the UK.

And the event proved a Red Leicester day for debutant Kathleen Moon who triumphed in the Best Dressed Cheese Championship on her debut at the show.

Kathleen, from Chipping, who has only worked as a cheesemaker at Butlers for two years, won the title with a traditionally cloth-bound Farmhouse Red Leicester.

“Kathleen hasn’t been doing this for long and she really stepped up to the plate,” said Butlers’ marketing assistant Justin Burton.

“She was up against some very experienced cheese dressers and yet she carried off the top prize. She was magnificent.

“Dressing cheeses is all about presentation, although the judges also take taste into account. Every company dresses a cheese differently and Kathleen used a soft cloth cut precisely to shape and then shone up.

“The finished product has to be perfectly flat and round. And it was.”

It is not the first time the Lancashire company has won the Roses Match for cheeses at the Great Yorkshire Show. In 2005 Butlers took the ultimate prize after being voted Supreme Champion.

“We are regulars there, we seem to do it every year,” said Justin. “But then our cheeses are up there with the best.”

The three other first places at the Great Yorkshire were for Butlers Tasty Lancashire, Beacon Blue Goats Cheese and Blacksticks Velvet Sheeps Milk Cheese.

Already this year Butlers have picked up gold medals for their Traditional Farmhouse Lancashire at the Royal Bath and West Show and for Kidderton Ash at the Cheshire County Show.

The company will be pulling out all the stops to challenge the best in the world at the International Cheese Awards at Nantwich at the end of July and the Great British Cheese Festival in Cardiff in September.