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Champions again

Say cheese: Barry Charlton, Cheryl Hulls, Claire Hutchinson and her twin girls, Anna (red) and Georgia celebrate the latest successes of Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese.

BERRYS Creek Gourmet Cheese has recently come home with another swag of accolades from the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show’s cheese and dairy produce competition.

Their goat’s milk blue cheese, Rowefords Blue, was crowned Australia’s best cheese after taking out the Dairy Australia Grand Champion Dairy Product of Show.

Cheese-maker Barry Charlton and partner Cheryl Hull’s were thrilled but humble about their latest achievement.

“To win two gold medals, two silver medals and then to take out champion cheese of show with the Bellingham Blue, champion non-bovine cheese with the Rowefords Blue and to win grand champion dairy product of the show was amazing,” Mr Charlton said.

It is the first grand champion of show win for the small operation.

“In the last four shows we have entered, we have received nine championships, which demonstrates the quality of our cheeses,” Ms Hulls said.

The milk for Berrys Creek Gourmet cheese comes from the Hutchinsons’ Berrys Creek farm.

“We are proud to be supplying good quality milk to such a highly acclaimed, local company,” Claire Hutchinson said.

It is the third year in a row where a blue cheese from Victoria has taken out the top award at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show.

More than 300 dairy products and 200 ice-creams were put to the test at the 2013 show.

Chief judge Russell Smith said it isn’t too common for a goat’s blue to be as good as Rowefords Blue.

“Goat’s blue doesn’t get any better than this. It is an absolutely superb blue cheese,” he said.

“It has a firm and slightly crumbly texture with even blueing throughout the cheese which results in a subtle, complex and balanced blue flavour with a long back palate.”

Mr Smith said the competition’s best products were again outstanding.

“The standout products in the cheese classes were two exceptional blues,” he said.

The demand for Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese continues to grow, thanks partially to its awards success, but mainly due to the consistent quality of the cheese.

“We have outgrown our current cheese-making facility and are actively seeking a bigger premises,” Mr Charlton said.

“Our cheese is currently being distributed between Melbourne and Sydney, as well as at Michael’s IGA, local stores and markets.”

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