Our award winning cheesemakers

Deb Allard of Cheeses Loves You with her award winning Velvet Chausette cheese.

Deb Allard of Cheeses Loves You with her award winning Velvet Chausette cheese.

It’s a double celebration this week, with the market’s two cheesemakers both winning in the 2018 Delicious Produce Awards.

Deb Allard, of Cheeses Loves You, and Paul Wilson, of Nimbin Valley Dairy, were announced as state winners in the awards this week.

A team of judges that included some of the state’s top chefs declared Deb a winner for her Velvet Chausette Reblochon style – a French style buttery cheese she has been perfecting over several years.

It’s made using fresh Jersey milk from the dairy on the Burringbar Farm she runs with husband Jim.

It takes about a month to make, has to go through a special wash and be looked at every couple of days.

“It’s a lot of work, but the end result is worth it,” Deb said.

“It’s lovely and rustic and traditional. “

For Nimbin Valley Dairy, the winning entry was their Saint Billie goats cheese, which Paul creates using fresh milk from the herd of goats they run on their farm near Nimbin.

Nimbin Valley Dairy's award winning Saint Billie

Nimbin Valley Dairy’s award winning Saint Billie

Paul said they were thrilled to win

“It’s great. The judging panel are all pretty high level chefs so they’ve got a well tuned palate.”

He said the award was recognition for the whole team at Nimbin Valley Dairy.

“I make the cheese but there’s actually half a dozen of us,” he said.

“You have to milk the goats, then you make the cheese, mature the cheese, sell the cheese. There are a lot of people behind it.”

Nimbin Valley Dairy and Cheeses Loves You are now in the running for the national awards to be judged in Sydney next month.

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