Cheesemakers’ delicious creations are in line for ‘best local food’ award

Mary Davenport of Cote Hill Chesse.
Mary Davenport of Cote Hill Chesse.

Cheesemakers Mary and Michael Davenport are in the running to get a ‘Rural Oscar’ in the 2012 Countryside Alliance Awards.

Cote Hill Cheese - run by the couple - has reached the East of England final in the Local Food category of the competition.

The pair have been farming and milking cows at Cote Hill Farm in Osgodby for more than 30 years and started making cheese in October 2005.

The awards celebrate the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work so hard to make it tick.

Michael said: “We’re very excited, we weren’t expecting anything like this.

“It’s a very prestigious award - hopefully we’ll impress the judges.”

Countryside Alliance East of England regional director William Burton said: “These businesses represent the very best of the East of England’s produce, enterprise and community spirit and I congratulate the finalists on getting this far in what is an increasingly competitive Awards scheme.

“I look forward to meeting the people behind each business and speaking to them about their valued contribution to our economy and communities.”

Michael and Mary’s cheese has already won many awards including a gold prize at the Great Taste Awards, a World Cheese Awards bronze medal and first prize at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Regional judging will now take place and the winners will be announced in January.

Cote Hill Cheese has to beat off competition from four other businesses across the region.

Overall winners will be announced at the grand final to be held at Parliament on March 13 next year.