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Cornish cheese crowned world's best

A cheese made in Cornwall has been crowned the best in the world.

Cornish Kern won the 'World Champion Cheese' title at the annual World Cheese Awards.

The Cornish Kern won at the biggest cheese only competition in the world. Credit: World Cheese Awards

It's made by Lynher Dairies Cheese Company in Truro who also make Yarg - a famous cheese only made by the company.

The Cornish Kern has only been in development for a few years, it's described as a buttery medium-hard cheese, with a deep aroma and caramel notes.

The awards, held at Tobacco Dock in London on Friday, consisted of over 3,000 cheese entries from 35 countries.

Cathy Strange, global executive coordinator for Whole Foods Market in the USA, championed the cheese during the final round of judging, describing the cheese as: “Visually stunning, with its standout dark rind and the quality of milk is really evident in this cheese.

"It has an amazing age and a complexity, which keeps on coming. This is a super cheese and I would be glad to have it on any table.”

Sarah Barnes, technical manager at Lynher Dairies Cheese Company, who collected the award in London, says, “I’m on top of the cheese world!

"Throughout the course of the day our Kern went through so many layers of judging, going from 3,001 to 66, to the top 16 and then World Champion and the judges said some wonderful things about our cheese.

"Cornish Kern is a new concept so to see it come to this is so exciting for the company, and a great start for this cheese’s career.”