Australia will be represented at the World Cheese Awards this month by local Sydney cheesemonger Claudia Bowman, who will join the judging panel in London on Friday 17 November to award the world’s best cheeses.
Celebrating its 30th year, the World Cheese Awards is the largest cheese competition in the world, attracting 3,000 entries from 35 different countries.
One of only 16 super jury panel members, Claudia will join a team of internationally recognized experts including cheese makers, technical experts, buyers, retailers, food writers and the finest palates and noses in the business to judge the awards.
The World Cheese Awards gives cheese from six continents the chance to shine on the world stage in front of an international audience of experts and consumers.
Cheeses from 35 different countries are channelled through one of 12 international consolidation points, as the competition’s global network of experts gather entries from their region, before transferring them to the World Cheese Awards venue to be blind-tasted by the judges.
This year, the World Cheese Awards will form part of Taste of London Festive. For more information on the show: www.tasteoflondonwinter.com
Taste of London Festive is a sister show to the flagship summer show in Regent’s Park. A consumer show welcoming visitors in the lead up to Christmas, Taste of London Festive transforms Tobacco Dock into a foodie wonderland brimming with London’s tastiest food, festive tipples, a fantastic chef line-up on the AEG Taste Theatre, master classes to get involved with and all the shopping you need to get set for the Christmas season. Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF http://tobaccodocklondon.com/
Live coverage of the World Cheese Awards action and judging will be broadcast through www.gff.co.uk/wca
About Claudia Bowman
Claudia Bowman is passionate about representing local product, and first and foremost cheese. Claudia Bowman has spent the last 15 years selling, making, eating and presenting cheese.
Claudia established her own business in 2006 catering for both private and corporate events and hosting cheese master classes at Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour.
Her business, Cockatoo Enterprises Pty Ltd, has since grown and is now located on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, in which she continues to run The Australian Cheese and Wine Experience – a cheese tasting and education experience open to the public.
In 2011 Claudia launched her award-winning iPhone and Android app Ask The Cheesemonger, the ultimate cheese app with hundreds of detailed cheese profiles, expert advice on matching cheeses to wine and even a cheese game.
Ask The Cheesemonger, at one time, rated as one of SMH’s top 25 Food Apps. The app profiled hundreds of cheeses and featured a superior search function (so cheeses could be searched by milk type, cheese style, country of origin, rennet type) and an FAQ section to answer questions such as ‘what’s the difference between brie and camembert?’
The same year, Claudia was invited to join the Supreme Panel of International Cheese Judges at The World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, UK.
In 2012, Claudia again joined the elite palates in cheese standing with Australian Culinary greats Neil Perry, Simon Johnson and Will Studd when she was inducted into the most prestigious French cheese association Guilde Internationale des Fromages and awarded the title Garde et Jure - Protector and Judge of Dairy Products and Cheese makers for her contribution to the cheese world, at what was the 130th induction chapter in the Guilde’s history.