The World Cheese Awards

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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 

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Cheese Expertise

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Our culinary events are centred around, but not limited to, artisan cheese.

Company Director, Claudia Bowman has spent the last 15 years within the artisan cheese industry selling, making, eating, and presenting cheese. Claudia’s cheese expertise is internationally recognised and lands provide her with prominent invitations to international cheese events, business opportunities and positions on judging panels at award shows around the globe.

Claudia Bowman:

  • Has achieved a High Distinction in the UK Cheese Guild Diploma 2004
  • Has co-produced an award-winning cheese app Ask The Cheesemonger 2011
  • Has co-authored the Cheese Content of Lonely Planet’s “Food Lover’s Guide to the World” Published in Oct 2012
  • Was inducted into the most prestigious French cheese association Guilde Internationale des Fromages 2012
  • Has twice represented Australia on the Supreme Panel of International Cheese Judges at The World Cheese Awards (Birmingham, UK 2011 & London, UK 2017)

Claudia draws on her unique and exceptional experiences in the local and international cheese industry to share, inspire and enlighten event participants & cheese enthusiasts whilst supporting and promoting cheesemakers who use the kind of traditional cheese making techniques that are endangered by modernisation and standardisation in today's food industry.

As Australia’s most prolific cheese education and appreciation experience provider, “Agritourism Events Australia” specialise in tasting events with artisan and farmhouse cheeses produced by the very best cheese makers from Australia and around the world.

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Cheese Expertise

2004 High Distinction, UK Cheese Guild Diploma

2004 Employment with Sheridan’s Cheese Mongers, Ireland’s most prestigious cheese retailer/wholesaler

2004 Work experience with Neal’s Yard Dairy, Borough Markets and Covent Garden, London

2004 Represented Neal’s Yard Dairy
at ‘Cheese!’ The Slow Food ‘International Cheese Festival’ in Bra, Piedmonte

2005 Judge of 3 cheese categories at ‘The British Cheese Awards’, England

2005 Work experience making cheese south of the Belfast border with Irish Cheese maker ‘Silke Cropp’

2005 Consultancy from international cheese expert Juliet Harbutt in Britain

2005 Extensive travel around Europe visiting cheese makers and famous cheese shops and regions such as Parma in Reggio Emillia, Italy

May 2006 Employed to assist coordination of Britain’s premier cheese event, ‘The British Cheese Awards’

Aug 2006 Registration of Cheese Company ‘McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemongers’ offering regular masterclass and tasting events.

2008 Took part in the 54th Fancy Food Show at Jacob K. Javits Centre New York.

Oct 2008 NSW representative at ‘Salone del Gusto’ and ‘Terra Madre’ in Italy with the international ‘Slow Food’ organisation.

June 2011 Commencement of extensive profiling of 340 cheeses from 28 countries for a deluxe cheese application for iPhone.

July 2011 One of 40 global competitors, and one of three Australian representatives at Cheese Monger Invitational 2011 dubbed the ‘Cheese Olympics’ for cheese mongers.

Oct 2011 McIntosh & Bowman were the official Cheese Partners of Masterchef Live 2011 with 6 masterclasses on stage.

Nov 2011 Claudia accepted a position on the Supreme Panel of International Judges at ‘The World Cheese Awards’ in Birmingham, UK.

Dec 2011 Launch of iPhone Cheese App ‘Ask The Cheesemonger’ co-created with award winning development company Protein 1. The app has already been downloaded over 38,000 times from iTunes.

Jan 2012 Induction into the most prestigious French cheese association ‘Guilde Internationale des Fromages’ and awarded the title ‘Garde et Jure’ by official members who had travelled to Australia specifically for the ceremony in Alexandria, Sydney.

Jan 2012 Phone App reviews in the countries two biggest newspapers: SMH and The Age "Australia's Dairy Queen" rated amongst the world’s top 25 Food Apps. Due to its success, Lonely Planet Publications commissioned Claudia to contribute to ‘The Food Lover’s Guide To The World’ published in October 2012.

Nov 2012 & 2013 Claudia again invited to judge at ‘World Cheese Awards’, Birmingham, UK.

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