The Barber family were recently delighted to see their cheddar crowned the fourth best cheese on the planet and the best cheddar in the world in the competition known as 'the World Cup of Cheese.'
More than 250 judges from 26 nations travelled to London to slice, sniff and taste nearly 2,600 cheeses from nations as diverse as Austria and Argentina, Norway and New Zealand. Cheese experts first awarded Barber's cheddar a coveted Super Gold - an accolade granted to only 62 of the cheeses. Then another team whittled down this selection to the best 16 cheeses judged good enough to battle it out for the title of World Champion Cheese, including Barber's cheddar.
A supreme panel of top-name judges made the final decision by blind-tasting and scoring the cheeses in front of an audience and live on WCTV, a global video stream. As they deliberated, the margins were tight and at one point Barber's cheddar was judged to be the best cheese in the world, before finally bagging an impressive fourth place.
On hearing the news, Giles Barber said: 'It's great for our cheese-making team to get this recognition, given the dedication they put in year round. It would have been amazing to be awarded best cheese in the world but if we have to settle for being the best cheddar in the world that's not a bad day's work!'
The award is just the latest in a string of accolades for Barber's cheddar which is made using West Country milk, traditional starter cultures and authentic cheddar-making techniques. And with dates already announced for the 2015 Global Cheese Awards, British Cheese Awards and International Cheese Awards - watch this space.