Julius Longman has been appointed as the new chairman of the British Cheese Awards.
Julius says: “I am honoured to have been appointed chairman of the British Cheese Awards. Having been involved with the awards for many years, over the past few years as vice-chairman, I’m looking forward to steering it into 2019 and beyond.”
“The British cheesemaking industry is vibrant and diverse. We’re fortunate in this country to have such a great number of dedicated, expert and skilled cheesemakers that are renowned for their commitment to quality. It will be interesting to see the cheeses entered for the 2019 awards on 29th May.”
Julius was born into the world of British cheese. His family have been dairy farmers and cheesemakers for over four generations. His day-to-day life involves running his family dairy farm as well as being the sales director of his own company, Longmans, where he created the company’s main brand “The Vale of Camelot Cheddar and Cheese” range.
In his spare time Julius loves to spend time with his wife and two boys, walking his dogs and has a keen interest in sport, particularly rugby.
This year’s British Cheese Awards, its 25th year, attracted over 1,000 entries from 147 makers, with 77 judges reviewing 123 classes of cheese. Cheeses entered came from over 54 counties that covered the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.
The 2019 British Cheese Awards will take place on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at the Royal Bath and West Show (29th May - 1 June 2019) at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Sponsors for this year’s awards included the following companies: Atalanta Corp, Atlas Packaging, Aubrey Allen, Barbers, Berkshire Labels, Bord Bia, Charlton House, Coombe Castle International, Delamere Dairy, DuPont™ Danisco®, Fine Food Digest, Harvey & Brockless, Marks & Spencer, Murray’s Cheese, Paxton & Whitfield, Peter Green Chilled, Rowcliffe, Anthony & Son, Somerdale International, Specialist Cheesemakers Association, Speciality Food Magazine, Tesco, The British Organic Dairy Company, The Fine Cheese Co., West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Wookey Hole Cave Aged and Wyke Farms Ltd.