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 on Friday, 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 the black-waxed Kern ‘visually stunning, with the complexity coming at you in layers and layers.’
Says dairy owner Catherine Mead , “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’.