A white chocolate, salted caramel and macadamia ice cream and a Tasmanian tilsit have been unveiled as Australia’s supreme dairy products at the 2014 Australian Grand Dairy Awards, announced in Melbourne recently. The two dairy delights lead a field of 19 category winners that have been judged to be Champions in their respective classes at the prestigious awards, now in their 15th year.
The accolade of Australian Grand Dairy Awards’ Grand Champion Dairy Product went to Queensland-based Gourmet Ice Cream for its White Chocolate, Salted Caramel & Macadamia Ice Cream and Tasmania’s Heidi Farm Tilsit secured its place in Australian dairy history by being crowned the Grand Champion Cheese. Both products received the highest overall judging scores in the fiercely contested national competition, convened by Dairy Australia.
Australian Grand Dairy Awards Chief Judge, Neil Willman, said the judging team was incredibly impressed with the quality of this year’s entries and while it was a challenge to identify the winning products, the two Grand Champions were outstanding.
“We were all raving about the Gourmet Ice Cream entry, it was a real hit in the judging room. Equally as impressive was the Heidi Farm Tilsit, which is truly world class,” he said.
The Australian Grand Dairy Awards have recognised and rewarded excellence, quality and innovation in Australian dairy produce for 15 years, paying tribute to the highly-skilled craftsmen and women who develop and make these products.
The 2014 Australian Grand Dairy Awards’ 19 category Champions were selected from a pool of more than 430 Australian cheese and dairy products that had previously been awarded gold at state competitions throughout the year. Each product was then put through their paces by the team of 22 expert judges who tasted and tested the products for flavour, aroma, body, texture, colour and appearance.
One artisan cheesemaker who continues to make his mark is Berry’s Creek Cheese Barry Charlton who ranked highly in this year’s awards. See our story about Barry and his cheeses here.