Guernsey Fort Grey cheese wins gold award

image captionMrs Maddison said the award gave her more confidence in her product

A Guernsey cheesemaker has received a gold standard at the World Cheese Awards in Birmingham.

Fenella Maddison was given the accolade for her Fort Grey cheese, which she said was based on a recipe that she learnt on a cheese making course.

The competition had 2,500 entries with the blue cheese among almost 200 to receive accolades.

Mrs Maddison said: "The beautiful Guernsey Milk is so creamy that judges guess it's a Channel Islands cheese."

She described the award, which was presented at the end of November as "very thrilling".

"I can't believe I've got it," she said.

Mrs Maddison makes all her cheeses by hand and specialises in young cheeses, those which have matured for six to eight weeks, as more mature cheeses require a lot more space.

Her cheeses are all made with Guernsey milk and are only sold on the island.

She said demand for the cheeses had grown after she was recognised with her first awards.

image captionAll her cheeses are made by hand

However, Mrs Maddison said costs prohibited export to the UK and cheese could only be exported in pallets and she did not currently make enough in a year to fill one.

She said: "To win awards with cheese is very important for your marketing and also your confidence, especially as a new cheese maker as I've only been making this cheese since early 2009.

"Even though local people say they love it and that it's delicious you still really need that accreditation from a panel of experts."

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