Once a year, cheesemakers from around New Zealand submit their best cheeses in the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards. This year Kapiti Cheeses won an impressive 18 awards.
Cheese lovers will know the kind of irrational loyalty that develops upon deciding a certain cheese is your favourite. You can't look past it in the cabinet; it's a regular on the cheeseboard, and in your mind it has the ability to improve any sweet or savoury dish, no matter how 'technically' incompatitble.
The NZ Champion of Cheese awards work to objectively pick favourites. 31 expert local and international cheese experts tasted their way through over 470 speciality cheeses, yoghurts and butters to determine 2015's Champion, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal award winners.
18 of Kapiti Cheese's varieties received awards this year, with two subtly different blues taking home Champion Awards - the sweet and salty Awa Blue and the tangy Kahurangi Creamy Blue. The Kahurangi was voted New World Champion Favourite Cheese by the public, validating its recurrent presence in your fridge!
Washed rind style cheese Kapiti Ramara received a gold award alongside Kapiti's Tuteremoana Cheddar, Kikorangi Blue and Smoked Harvati. 12 other varieties received silver and bronze awards - see the full list here.
If you're an avid cheese lover, we recommend you sign up to the Kapiti Cheese Society. It's totally free and members receive special offers, product samples, recipes and matching ideas, and invitations to exclusive events. Sign up before the 31st of March and you'll be in the draw to win one of five Kapiti hampers (valued at $100) or a $500 Citta Design Voucher.
The Cheese Heroes series is brought to you in partnership with Kapiti Cheese.