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Ludlow cheese maker receives top award
12:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A LUDLOW cheese maker has received the highest accolade at this year’s British Cheese Awards.
Dudley Martin and Paul Bedford at the Ludlow Food Centre in Bromfield make eight cheeses using milk from estates own Friesian Holstein dairy cows.
Among their cheese selection is this year’s Best Blue Cheese in Britain, Remembered Hills, as voted at the British Cheese Awards.
“It is such a competitive market and there are some amazing dairies throughout Britain that produce over 700 British cheeses,” said Dudley.
“To be given an award for best blue cheese is an incredible honour.”
The pair had not made blue cheese until they joined the Food Centre. It is a difficult cheese to perfect and the seasonal changes in the milk make the cheese react differently throughout the year.
Remembered Hills is a Stilton style cheese that has actually beaten the original.
Stilton has a PDO (Protected Designated Origin) but other cheese makers can make versions under other names.
Remembered Hills is Ludlow Food Centre’s take on Stilton but Dudley and Paul also make Ludlow Blue which is the only real Shropshire Blue to be made in the county of Shropshire.
Both cheeses are stored in the Food Centre maturation room on beech racking that was made from the estate’s trees.
It is going to be impossible for Dudley and Paul to keep up with demand.
However, there are no plans to change from being a genuine artisan producer. For Dudley it is about quality not quantity.
“So many people want to eat cheese that there is need for commercial dairies,”
“However, we want to uphold the traditional values and artisan skills that are needed to make cheeses of character and interest. A small amount of great cheese is better than a huge block of the manufactured stuff.”
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