The owner of a cafe in Tring was honoured to be picked to judge at the World Cheese Awards for the third year running.
Toby Murray, owner of Beechwood Fine Foods in Frogmore Street, joined food technologist Mark Horsman and Tricia Wallis of Lowna Dairy in East Yorkshire at the NEC in Birmingham for the event in conjunction with the BBC Good Food Show.
The trio awarded creamy blue German cheese Montagnolo Affiné the Supergold award, which was eventually plucked from 58 further Supergolds to be the eventual winner.
Toby said: “I’m honoured to have been asked back to judge for a third year. It was a great day and I enjoyed working alongside Mark and Tricia.
“The Montagnolo tasted like a champion right from the start.”
The German cheese triumphed over two English Stiltons in the final 15, out of more than 2,700 entries.
Two British Supergold winners – Cropwell Bishop’s Stilton and Two Hoots’ Barkham Blue – are on sale at Beechwood Fine Foods in the run up to Christmas.