King Stone Dairy takes the crown at Artisan Cheese Awards
David Jowett of King Stone Dairy came home from the Artisan Cheese Awards with a raft of awards for his Morbier-style Ashcombe, less than a year after he started selling the cheese.
Beating off competition from over 600 British and Irish cheeses, Jowett was awarded the Supreme Champion title, along with best English Cheese, Best New Cheese, Best Farmhouse Cheese and Best Washed Rind Cheese. King Stone also picked up Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for Rollright, Evenlode and Moreton.
Created during the first national lockdown last year in a bid to support the cheesemaker’s milk supplier, Ashcombe has a distinctive ash layer running through its centre.
The Supreme Champion victory may seem like history repeated for 30-year-old Jowett, who also picked up the gong at the awards in 2016 for Rollright, just eight months after he launched the cheese.
Held at the annual Melton Mowbray Artisan Cheese Fair, the 2020 awards were postponed due to COVID restrictions, but this year’s fair was marred by low turnout and a £10,000 loss.