Caboolture State High School crowned triple cheese champion
Caboolture State High School (CSHS) has taken out the champion blue cheese title for the third year in a row at the Royal Queensland Show’s (Ekka) Student Made Cheese Awards at the Brisbane Showgrounds last week.
The school won the Mould Ripened Cheese - Blue category with their entry titled ‘The Chosen One’.
It was indeed the chosen one, with chief judge Russell Smith saying it stood out in the line-up of 44 blue cheeses, in the only Australian student cheese competition to judge both blue and white mould categories.
“It had an excellent creamy texture with good blue mould and a very pleasant spicy blue mould flavour,” he said.
“Caboolture State High School is consistently very good and I think their teachers must have blue running through their veins.”
Murrumba State Secondary College (MSSC) also took top honours, winning the Mould Ripened Cheese - White category for their creamy camembert titled ‘Camembert Group Three’.
“This cheese had beautiful white mould development, a luscious creamy texture and nice buttery and mushroom flavours and aromas, just as a camembert should,” Mr Smith said.
MSSC also received compliment from renowned Brisbane chef Richard Ousby from Stokehouse Restaurant, who after tasting the champion camembert told the judges he would “take it home any day.”
Mr Smith, along with award-winning cheese maker Ueli Berger from King Island Dairy, judged 187 cheeses from a record 30 schools across Queensland last week.
Overall they were impressed with the quality of the cheeses, labelling the top products commercial grade in texture and flavour.
While the students did an outstanding job, Mr Berger also gave credit to the teachers for passing on their new found cheese making knowledge.
“The teachers did a great job explaining the cheese making process to the students and they kept everything very clean which is really important,” he said.
For the seventh year in a row, teachers from across Queensland swapped their chalk for cheese in February, to take part in RNA workshops learning how to make blue and camembert cheeses.
Class 1 – Mould Ripened Cheese – White:
Winner – Murrumba State Secondary College for ‘Camembert Group Three’
2nd – Pacific Lutheran College for ‘Succulent Southern Camembert’
3rd – Sandgate District State High School for ‘Group Seven’
Class 2 – Mould Ripened Cheese – Blue:
Winner – Caboolture State High School for ‘The Chosen One’
2nd – Mt Gravatt High School for ‘Blue Cow Cheese’
3rd – Sandgate District State High School for ‘Group Five’
Source: Queensland Country Life