Mary Quicke inducted into Guilde Internationale des Fromagers
Devon cheese-maker Mary Quicke has added to her recent clutch of awards with a surprise inauguration into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers curing a recent visit to the USA.
Renowned for her clothbound cheddar, Quicke was in San Francisco at the Fancy Food Show but she hadn’t expected an invite to a roof-top ceremony, where she was unveiled as one of the non-profit organisation’s newest members.
The Guilde has some 6,100 members – including cheese-makers, dairy farmers, processors and retailers – and operates throughout Europe and in 33 countries worldwide.
Quicke has also recently received the Exceptional Contribution to Cheese award at the World Cheese Awards and was also named Rural Champion 2015-16 at the Western Morning News Countryside Awards.
Her work in the dairy farming and cheese industry also earned her an Environment Award from the Women’s International Film & Television Showcase Foundation.
“The Fancy Food Show always throws up surprises but I really wasn’t expecting this” said Quicke. “La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers is enormously respected throughout the industry and to have been selected to join their members is really quite astonishing and an enormous privilege.
“It is also an opportunity to further spread the word about my passions as a cheesemaker and all the issues that matter to Quicke’s and other British dairies.”