Richard and Si­mon prove they are big cheeses with triple award win

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A TRIO of cheeses have won a podium of medals at an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The Cheshire Cheese Com­pany, which is run by Richard Bux­ton and Si­mon Spurrell from Sut­ton, has won gold, sil­ver and bronze for three of their en­tries into the In­ter­na­tional Cheese Awards, which took place in Nantwich.

The Smokey Red­wood won gold, Sticky Tof­fee Heaven scooped a top prize with sil­ver award, and the Cheshire with Gar­lic and Chives im­pressed judges in the re­tail class and earned a bronze.

And it was a par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful year for the Smokey Red­wood, which beat of com­pe­ti­tion from more than 4,000 cheeses to be named as one of just 12 cheeses to com­pete to be­come Supreme Cham­pion, nar­rowly miss­ing out on the ti­tle.

Richard Bux­ton, com­pany direc­tor, said: “We’re re­ally happy. Last year we got four sil­vers but we didn’t get gold.

“And to get to Mas­ter Class is rais­ing it another level, we reached the fi­nal 12 out of 4,000 cheeses.”

He added: “It’s a great thing to be a part of, we keep go­ing back be­cause it’s good to be recog­nised. It’s the big­gest cheese awards in the world.”

Dad-of-two Richard, 47, who lives on Tun­ni­cliffe Road in Sut­ton, said the firm is now con­cen­trat­ing on its shops – The Cheese and Wine Em­po­rium – at the Traf­ford Cen­tre and Tren­ton Re­tail Vil­lage. The firm, which was first set up four years ago, now em­ploys 15 full time staff, with up to 20 ad­di­tional ca­sual ap­point­ments dur­ing peak times.

He said: “We have just gone from strength to strength.

“We’ve opened up two shops and we got plans for more.

“So far they seem to be do­ing well – now it’s all about pre­par­ing for Christ­mas.”

The com­pany’s cheeses are blended by a cheese maker who mixes Cheshire Cheese with flavours thought up by Richard.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to cheshirecheese com­

●● Si­mon Spurrell and Richard Bux­ton from the Cheshire Cheese Com­pany with their awards

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