Cheese champion recognised by British Cheese Board Award

26th July 2016 - Cheese expert Nigel Pooley has received the British Cheese Board (BCB) Nantwich Show Cheese Industry Award in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the UK dairy industry.

Nigel has worked in the dairy industry for 53 years, specialising in grading cheese to ensure that the product on the supermarket shelf is of the highest standard.

Although he officially retired in April this year from his role as Quality Development Manager, Nigel – affectionately known as “Nige the Nose” – is still lending his smelling power to family-run Somerset cheese-makers, Wyke Farms, who he has been employed by for almost 20 years. Throughout his career, Nigel has graded more than 1.5 million tonnes of Cheddar and due to his unique level of expertise, Wyke Farms ensured his nose was insured for £5 million.

The award was presented yesterday afternoon by celebrity chef Sean Wilson at the Nantwich Cheese Show, the largest international cheese show in the world.

Award-winner, Nigel Pooley, said: “Cheese has been my lifelong passion and it is an absolute honour, and complete surprise, to receive this year’s Cheese Industry Award. The UK produces some of the finest cheeses in the world and I am incredibly proud to be a part of our great smelling industry.”

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “Over the course of a five-decade long career, Nigel has been a passionate champion of British cheese. He has done, and continues to do, a tremendous job in ensuring the cheese we eat is of the best possible quality. He is widely recognised throughout the industry and many have gained from his insight and expertise.”

Bruce Macdonald, Chairman of the International Cheese Awards, added: “Nigel can only be described as one of the UK’s biggest cheese enthusiasts. Throughout his career, Nigel has held a number of esteemed positions and it is great to see him recognised for his lifetime commitment to British cheese. Nigel is one of the best known and admired people in our industry, and is thoroughly deserving of this recognition.”
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About the British Cheese Board
The British Cheese Board (BCB) is a promotional and educational body for cheese within Dairy UK. It aims to educate consumers on great British cheeses and increase awareness of cheese in the UK as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Nigel Pooley career
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  • 1997 –  Present: Wyke Farms Ltd
  • 1990 – 1996: Chewton Dairy Farms Ltd
  • 1986 – 1990: Cricket St Thomas Estate
  • 1979 – 1986: St Ivel Ltd
  • 1976 – 1986: Unigate/St Ivel Ltd
  • 1970 – 1976: Unigate Foods Ltd
  • 1963 – 1969: Unigate Creameries Ltd