Ballylisk are a Great British Cheese Awards named finalist - Ballylisk of Armagh

Ballylisk are a Great British Cheese Awards named finalist

Ballylisk and their Triple Rose Cheese are a shortlisted finalist in the 2018 Great British Cheese Awards in the Best New Producer category.

The Great British Cheese Awards are organised by Great British Chefs (The UK’s fastest growing food website) and Peter’s Yard, whose sourdough crispbread has been named as “the best biscuit for cheese out there.” The awards were established three years ago to celebrate the best of British artisan cheeses produced and distributed by independent cheese makers and retailers.

The Great British Cheese Awards stand apart from similar events as no other awards bring together the online voting and nominating public with a cross–section of high quality judges that include award–winning chefs, journalists, food writers, celebrity food bloggers, cheese buyers and dairy technologists. This year, over 13,000 people have voted for their favourite cheeses, producers and retailers.

Making the final decision as to the overall winner will be an esteemed panel of judges that include:

  • Patrick McGuigan – Food Journalist and Cheese Writer;
  • Chantelle Nicholson – Group Operations Director for Marcus Wareing
    Restaurants & Chef Patron at Tredwells;
  • Paul Thomas – Dairy Technologist;
  • Tracey Colley – Founding Director at The Academy of Cheese;
  • Robin Gill  – Chef Owner of The Dairy, Clapham;
  • Felicity Spector – TV News journalist & Great Taste Awards Judge; 
  • Shane Holland  – Executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK;
  • Matthew Carver – Owner of The Cheese Bar;
  • Jane Devonshire – MasterChef Champion 2016;
  • Adam Woodyatt – Actor & Food Blogger;
  • Regula Ysewijn – Food Writer, Photographer and Great Taste Awards judge;
  • Owen Davies  – Category Manager at Harvey & Brockless;
  • Signe Johnsen – cook & author;
  • Martin Stanhope – Editor of Countryside Magazine;
  • Galton Blackiston – Owner & Chef Patron of Morston Hall;
  • Clare Stiles, Marketing Manager at Peter’s Yard; and
  • Ollie Lloyd, CEO at Great British Chefs.

The Best New Producer award has been shortlisted by the panel of judges who have nominated their favourite cheesemakers who have launched in the past five years. All category winners will be announced at a very special Awards Ceremony to be held at Somerset House in London on 17th October. 

“We are over the moon that our first cheese, the Triple Rose has made it to the finals of the Great British Cheese Awards– which are judged by experts and the public. This means a lot to us.

“We are the only artisan cheesemakers in Northern Ireland with our own milk pool. It has taken a long time to get here and we are only are the start of our journey to bring more cheeses to market” explains Dean Wright from Ballylisk of Armagh.



Date: 10th September

For more information, email: (Barbara Collins)

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