The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards are run by the NZ cheese industry for the NZ cheese industry.The entire event is managed and promoted by an independent company and assisted administratively by the secretary of the NZSCA Inc. The Awards are judged independently by an expert team of NZ judges and an international Master judge, Russell Smith to ensure professionalism, expert knowledge and credibility.
The NZ Champions of Cheese brand has been successfully established, through a series of official Awards events and promotional activity. The purpose of these Awards is to honour technical excellence in the manufacture of NZ Cheese. Ultimately, there is a broader objective to drive consumption of NZ specialist cheeses by raising awareness, encouraging trial and promoting usage of NZ cheeses.
The NZ cheese industry is thriving. Consumer demand for specialist cheese, both at home and overseas has never been stronger. The NZ Champions of Cheese Awards are held to champion excellence in this evolving, exciting industry sector and to showcase the extraordinary diversity and superb quality of our cheese.
2017 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards winners
Click the ‘WINNERS’ link on the left to find a full list of 2017 category and medal winners.
2017 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards medal labels available now
Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners can order medal labels here.
The Gala Dinner is a glittering occasion for the New Zealand Cheese Industry, where winners of the awards are announced and celebrated. The Gala Dinner will be back in March 2018.
NZ Champions of Cheese Awards Judging
NZ Champion of Cheese Awards Judging will be back in March 2018
Judging is by invitation only and held under controlled conditions. If you wish to register your interest in being a judge for the 2018 Awards please email Dianne Kenderdine
NZSCA Gala Dinner
The NZSCA Gala Dinner will return in 2018.
Entry Packs for the 2018 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards will be available in late 2017.
If you have any questions regarding the entry process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Click to view winners:
2017 dates announced later this year