January is all about making heart-shaped Yargs for Valentine’s Day here at the dairy. Each heart takes 5-6 weeks to mature so we have to start thinking romantically much earlier than the rest – but time is fast running out even for you. Last orders by Feb 11th please (but maybe don’t leave it that long…). Visit our shop page to secure your heart’s desire!
Lynher Dairies is beyond proud to announce that Kern has been crowned Supreme Champion at 2017’s World Cheese Awards. Chosen from hundreds of superb cheeses from around the globe, the panel of internationally renowned judges deemed Kern the very best.
The awards, held at Tobacco Dock in London, consisted of over 3,000 cheese entries from 35 countries. There were 250 judges, with a Super Jury of experts deciding on a top 16. Judge Cathy Strange, cheese buyer at Whole Food Markets, called our black-waxed Kern ‘visually stunning, with the complexity coming at you in layers and layers.”
Dairy owner Catherine Mead says “This amazing achievement belongs to the whole Lynher team. We are a small Cornish dairy, sole producers of the iconic leaf-wrapped Yarg. A few years ago, we put considerable talent and investment into creating a new cheese to make best use of our equipment and skill, and Kern was born. But without Yarg, it wouldn’t even exist so we’re celebrating right across the board here!”
Kern’s rise to fame is not entirely out of the blue. Within 18 months (even before it had a name) Kern had won Best English Cheese at the British Cheese Awards, and in 2016, it gained a coveted Supergold at the International Cheese Awards. It has been a star from the off.
Dairy director Dane Hopkins says “People often ask me what other cheese Kern is like, but but Kern is Kern. It has a uniqueness, which was recognised by the judges. It really is worthy of this huge title – well done, team!”
Dane’s tasting notes:
‘Kern is a hard pressed cheese with a smooth, salt crystal texture that melts away on the palette. Flavours full of alpine savoury notes up front, followed by sweeter, caramelised notes towards the end, giving you a long finish in the mouth’.
We are delighted to announce we have been chosen to appear in this year’s Parliamentary Review – a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster.
“The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector, so it is a real honour to be selected,” says dairy owner Catherine Mead.
The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers, the articles within acting as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.
If you would like to read Lynher’s story, click the link below!
Forget the maturing rooms, we’re going to have to build another extension just to house Kern’s awards, the way our new cheese is going!
This time, Kern has been voted Best Cheese at the Great British Food Awards, which has rather a good ring to it, we think.
Judged by top chef Dan Doherty, Kern won for its distinct, mature flavour and texture. Dan ‘loved the crystals’, which will only really make sense when you try it!
Thank you, Dan – the award is a true testament to our cheesemakers’ skill and knowledge and we are delighted.
….and there is more good news from the Global Cheese Awards 2017 – Kern has won the top position with a gold in the Single Speciality Cheese category.
What a year, what a cheese!
You know what it’s like – new parents can barely take their eyes off their newborn babes, believing their creation to be the most beautiful the world has ever seen. Well, we feel a bit like this about our Yargs.
We oughtn’t to take all the credit, however. Leaf wrapped and left to mature, nature is the true artist.
See if you agree by following us on Instagram @cornish.yarg – we might be better cheesemakers than photographers but our cheeses do make it rather easy for us. We look forward to seeing your good-enough-to-eat pics too!
Our new cheese Kern has just won Best British Cheese for Export at the International Cheese Awards 2017 – fantastic news for our team, and also for all those cheese connoisseurs who enjoy it in the US and Australia.
It has also won a Gold in the Specialist Cheese category, very pleasing news all round.
The Great Yorkshire Show – one of Britain’s largest agricultural and food shows – has certainly been great for us this year. Our Wild Garlic Yarg has won the Best Specialist Cheesemakers’ trophy, which is a real tribute to the skill and knowledge of our team – it’s harder work than you might think, making excellent cheese, so these top awards are always very pleasing. The trophy is pretty smart too!
We also brought back two Golds and a Silver for our nettled Yarg and our Kern, so an all round pleasing result.
Here are our top tips for al fresco dining this summer:
- Think fruit, think colour. Shred apple or pear into your coleslaw and try grilled peaches for a fantastic salad crumbled with Yarg
- If melting Yarg into barbecue burgers (and with its low melting point, why wouldn’t you?), thinly slice the cheese before you start and pop on top of meat for last minute or so.
- Mash crumbled Nettled Yarg, baby broad beans (cooked and popped out of their skins), a little yoghurt and a squeeze of lemon – spread onto bruschetta
- Lemons studded with cloves works as a natural insect repellent
- Sturdy fruit and hard cheese are the best picnic choices – Kern, apples, bread. Who needs more?
We are delighted to report that all three of our cheeses have won top recognition at the British Cheese Awards 2017. Both our nettle and wild garlic Yargs came home with golds and we are delighted that our new cheese Kern was awarded a silver in the competitive British Export category. As always, all credit to the team!
The agricultural show season is underway, and that for us is always a bit of a thrill. We get to exhibit our cheeses, and in some cases, sell them too. Meeting customers face-to-face provides great feedback for us, as do the comments from judges up and down the country. News from the Devon County Show got things off to a very pleasing start with great wins for all three of our cheeses:
- Hard pressed cheese other than Cheddar – 2nd Prize for Cornish Kern
- Single speciality cheese- 2nd Prize for Cornish Yarg
- Cheese with additives – 1st Prize for Garlic Yarg
Not an agricultural show but just as important, the Taste of the West Awards have just given us Gold for both Yarg and Kern this year. Another lovely boost for our skilled cheesemakers.
Now we look forward to the Royal Cornwall Show in the second week of June,and the marvellous one day Stithians Show in July – see you there!