Cheese up your life!
The winners of our Cheese Creative recipe competition have been announced.
We asked entrants to show us their love for cheese by developing an innovative, inspiring and delicious recipe using cheese as a key ingredient. And our winners certainly did!
There were two categories: one for cheese–loving foodies and one for chefs.
The winner of Chefs Category was Vitalijus Sgibnevas. Vital is Head Function Chef at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast and made Camembert and caramelised onion tart with gingerbread and fig.
The Food Blogger Category was won by ‘Down the Hatch NI’ couple Lynsey Hollywood and Robert Ainley with a Savoury Sunday Supper Cheesecake made with Northern Ireland Cheddar.
The winners each received €1,000 and will now attend a gala event in Brussels where their recipes will be showcased, along with those of competitors from France, Denmark and Ireland.
The Symposium is all about European Cheese Culture from the science of what makes our cheese delicious to future trends and the place of cheese in a modern lifestyle. There will be cheese tastings and food pairings, and the winning recipes will feature as part the celebrations.
Our judges for the Northern Ireland competition were cook and food writer Trish Deseine; Joy Alexander, Head of Food Technology Development at Loughry College and Dr Mike Johnston, Chief Executive of the Dairy Council NI.
See more in our Winners’ Gallery