2021 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards

NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2021

6pm Wednesday 5 May 2021

Celebrate the finest of the New Zealand cheese and dairy industry. Learn the 2021 NZ Champions of Cheese trophy winners while catching up with industry colleagues.

SkyCity head of food and beverage Nathan Hartley – a judge in the 2021 NZ Champions of Cheese Chefs’ Choice Trophy – will create a special three course dinner, with local cheese at the forefront. Fellow Chefs’ Choice Judge, Mat McLean of Hamilton’s award-winning Palate Restaurant will create the entree. The specially created menu will be matched to wonderful beverages from Hamilton’s Good George brewery and award-winning NZ wine.

MC Mark Bunting will be on hand to ensure a fun evening celebrating the NZ Champions of Cheese Trophy Winners for 2021 as well as the three Supreme Champions.

Tickets are $135 (inc. GST) per person or organise a table of 10 and pay $1215 (inc. GST).  Tickets are available through TryBooking and incur a 0.30 cent booking fee. Book here.

Accommodation is available at special rate at Novotel Tainui Hamilton. To book Novotel Tainui use this link.

The NZ Champions of Cheese 2021 Trophies are:

  • Countdown Champion of Champions (Commercial)
  • New World Champion of Champions (Mid-sized)
  • Puhoi Valley Champion of Champions (Boutique)
  • MilkTestNZ Champion Cheesemaker
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Champion Original Cheese
  • ECOLAB Champion Blue Cheese
  • New Zealand Food Safety Champion New Cheese
  • CHR Hansen Champion Soft White Rind Cheese
  • Kiwi Labels Champion Greek/Cypriot Cheese
  • Cheeselinks Champion Fresh Italian Style Cheese
  • IFF/Danisco Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese
  • AsureQuality Champion Dutch Style Cheese
  • Champion European Style Cheese
  • Sabato Champion Farmhouse Cheese
  • Thermaflo Champion Washed Rind
  • Big Chill Distribution Champion Flavoured Cheese
  • Tetra Pak Champion Retail Cheddar Cheese
  • WINTEC Champion Bulk Cheddar Cheese
  • Good George Brewing Champion Goat Cheese
  • Dish magazine Champion Sheep Cheese
  • New Zealand Champion Export Cheese
  • Curds & Whey Champion Homecrafted Cheesemaker and Cheese

Special Awards

  • New World Cheese Lovers’ Choice
  • Chef’s Choice
  • C‘est Cheese Champion Butter
  • Countdown Champion Yoghurt
  • Innovative Packaging Aspiring Cheesemaker