A taste for cheese making
JUDGES tasted Kilcoy State High School's Camembert cheese before the teenage makers had the chance to try it for themselves.
While the students didn't get to savour their own creation, they did learn what went into making the savoury treat: hard work, time and effort.
Kilcoy was one of the 30 high schools in Queensland that entered 183 cheeses in the Royal Queensland Show Student Made Cheese Competition.
"It took a day to make, then there was a lot of maturing,” student Maegen Nugent explained.
"We made it on May 2.”
Making the cheese was part of the students' senior ag science course, and the school used dairy products sourced from award-winning Maleny Dairy. While Kilcoy was not successful in taking out the top prize, most of the team nodded vigorously when asked if they would ever try to make their own cheese again.
Sandgate District High School won the mould ripened cheese - white category with their entry called Li'l Baby Cheeses.
Sandgate has placed in the competition for the past seven seven years in a row, taking home two thirds, two seconds and three firsts.
Chief judge Russell Smith said their winning camembert was superbly made.
"It had a beautiful creaming texture with some gorgeous earthy flavours,” he said.
Ueli Berger from King Island Dairy was also impressed with what the students dished up.
Before giving the students a master class full of tips and tricks for next year, he provided a brief insight into his career. The Swiss-born dairy farmer's son studied cheese-making for three years in Switzerland before starting work for a Australian soft cheese manufacturer.
"The students did a great job - they followed the recipe well and the hygiene standard was very high. The teachers have also done a brilliant job in taking what they learnt at the eighth RNA Teachers Cheese Making Workshops in February and translating it into the classroom,” he said.