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Congratulations to the Winning Bloggers!

June 4, 2010

Finally the winners for the Vive le Cheese best blog post competition have been chosen. Getting to this point has been a triumph!

First bloggers had to eat several kilos of French cheese (no complaints there) then they let their creative juices rip with fantastic photography and well chosen words to make original, informative and entertaining blog posts.

Then it was over to the judges: Patricia Michelson at La Fromagerie; Laurent Damiens at CNIEL and Denise Navarro also at CNIEL. They read each post on the hunt for top quality writing and stunning visual presentation. They found it. The standard of entries was very high and reflected the vitality and diversity of UK food blogging as well as we Brits love of French cheeses.

There were two categories the best written blog post and the best visual blog post, both attracted a wide range of entries. Here are the judges favourites:

THE BEST WRITTEN BLOG

Runners Up

Gourmet Chick Cara Waters‘  review of the bloggers evening at la Fromagerie really appealed to the judges because it showed off her enjoyment of the event.

There were two favourites that showcased French cheese and drinks. The first from Lucy Bridgers at Wine Food and Other Pleasures concentrated on classic cheese and wine pairings

Meanwhile Susanna Forbes from Drink Britain demonstrated that the entente cordial is alive and well by partnering French cheese and British drinks. Roquefort and Lagavulin malt whisky is a revelation!

Second Place

But it was Miquel Ros’ blog Gourmet Origins which took second place with an in-depth look at Brie. ‘This has great historical content and a real focus on authenticity,’ said Patricia Michelson.

Congratulations Miquel a copy of Patricia Michelson’s new book Cheese is on its way to you.

First Place

The top spot went to Craig Linton at Fund Raising Detective whose post about the bloggers event at La Fromagerie really showed off his curiosity about the cheese and appetite to learn.

A box of cheese worth £100 is on its way to you. We are sure you will enjoy it!

BEST VISUAL BLOG POST

Runners Up

Kavita Favelle’s blog post on Kavey Eats includes some great pictures of La Fromagerie. They really demonstrate the sense of discovery that we all felt as we learnt more about the wonderful topic of French cheese.

Another visually impressive blog came from Patrick Carpenter who included a video on his post which shows his passion for munster cheese.

Second Place

However the lovely summery pictures and original recipe made Anne Faber’s post on Anne’s Kitchen a very strong contender in second place.

We hope that Patricia Michelson’s book Cheese provides you with further inspiration. It’s on its way to you.

First Place

And the first place prize went to Gail Haslam at One Million Gold Stars. ‘The content of her blog on the bloggers event at La Fromagerie was really engaging and the photographs are beautiful’ said Patricia Michelson.

Congratulations we hope you enjoy your £100 cheese box.

So a big thank you to all who participated in the Vive le Cheese bloggers competition. It’s been a great read!

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Blog Post Competition – Last Chance to Win a £100 Cheese Box!

April 24, 2010

Vive le Cheese Competition for the Best Written Blog and The Best Visual Blog

Only a few days left to go before the closing date of our Vive le Cheese blog post competition (30 April 2010). We’ve had some great entries already in both sections: visual posts that make the mouth water and the tummy rumble and written posts that make fantastic reading and great food for thought. But the game is far from over, the cheese lady has yet to sing… who knows what will pop into the Vive le Cheese inbox (vivelecheese@sopexa.com) in these next few days. We are looking forward to finding out.

Some bloggers, intent on research, attended an evening at La Fromagerie, London where they were treated to cheese tastings, a visit to the affineur room and a recipe and wine-matching workshop. However, the competition is open to all UK-based bloggers and as French cheese is such a vast and fascinating subject there are a wide array of topics that could be covered, we are delighted (but not surprised!) to see that there are plenty more interpretations arriving with all sorts of ideas as to what makes a great French cheese blog post. So if you missed out on La Fromagerie event, don’t feel you must miss out on this competition.

What is so exciting about this competition is that as there are an ever-growing number of blogs, each with its own individual style, there could be as many ideas as to what makes a great French cheese blog post as there are French cheeses! And at the last count we made that figure over 1,000!

We think that French cheeses are one of the world’s greatest food products and we know from talking to bloggers that a lot of you think the same! So we can’t wait to see lots and lots of blogs which celebrate the diversity, finesse, flavour and tradition of French cheeses.

We look forward to receiving your competition entry posts at

vivelecheese@sopexa.com by 30 April.

How to enter

1. Get inspired, get writing, photographing and videoing.

2. Select your best work and submit it by 30 April 2010 via a link to

vivelecheese@sopexa.com

You may choose to enter your blog posting into both the visual and written categories.

Prizes

The Best Written Blog

First Prize

A French cheese hamper provided by La Fromagerie worth £100.

Second Prize

A signed copy of Patricia Michelson’s newly published book Cheese published by Jacqui Small

The Best Visual Blog

First Prize

A French cheese hamper provided by La Fromagerie worth £100.

Second Prize

A signed copy of Patricia Michelson’s newly published book Cheese published by Jacqui Small

The Judges

Patricia Michelson, owner of La Fromagerie and author

Laurent Damiens,  CNIEL

Denise Navarro, CNIEL

Competition Rules

1- Open to residents of the UK, except employees and their families of Sopexa UK, their agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion. Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter.

2-  Entries close on 30/04/2010 and must be submitted via a link to

vivelecheese@sopexa.com. Only one entry into each category i.e. visual and written allowed.

3-  The winner will be notified by email within 30 days of the closing date.

4-  The promoter cannot accept any responsibility for entries damaged, delayed, corrupted or not received for any reason whatsoever.

5-  There is no cash or other alternative prize available, except that in the event of circumstances outside of its control the promoter reserves the right to provide a similar prize of equal or greater value.

6-  The decision of the promoter in all matters is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

7-  For the name and the county of the winner, send a SAE marked ‘Vive Le Cheese/Winners’ to Sopexa (UK), Buchanan House, 24/30 Holborn, London EC1N 2HS.

Win a French Cheese Hamper worth £100

March 30, 2010

Vive le Cheese Competition for the

Best Written Blog and the Best Visual Blog

Love French cheeses? Do you cook with them, eat them, write about them and photograph them? Have you already got a fantastic blog posting or could we inspire you to create one? If yes, then read on and get your cheese blogging juices flowing.

Vive le Cheese knows just how much hard work and inspiration goes into making a great post and so we’ve decided to reward the two best French cheese bloggers with some yummy prizes. The best visual and the best written blog will each receive a French cheese hamper worth £100. We are also giving out signed copies of the new book by La Fromagerie’s cheese expert, Patricia Michelson.

So how can you get involved? The theme of your post could be centred around a recipe for the ultimate high-rise soufflé or a world-beating cheese toastie. Or perhaps you have something to say about the first time you tasted a perfectly ripe Camembert or that moment when you discovered a new French cheese taste sensation.

Perhaps you have a photograph that shows melting Emmental stretching on the tines of a fork or the white bloom of a farmhouse Brie. Or do you have a video of a visit to a cheese shop or a guide on how to bake a Vacherin?

When you’ve posted your French cheese blog, we would love you to link to our Vive le Cheese blog so all our readers and friends can read your pearls of cheese wisdom, be inspired by your ideas and share your recipes with their friends and family.

We are really looking forward to seeing how the British love of French cheeses can create a stir in the blogosphere. Vive le Cheese!

 

 

How to enter

 1. Get inspired, get writing, photographing and videoing.

2. Select your best work and submit it by 30 April 2010 via a link to

vivelecheese@sopexa.com

You may choose to enter your blog posting into both the visual and written categories.

Prizes

The Best Written Blog

First Prize

A French cheese hamper provided by La Fromagerie worth £100.

Second Prize

A signed copy of Patricia Michelson’s newly published book Cheese published by Jacqui Small

The Best Visual Blog

First Prize

A French cheese hamper provided by La Fromagerie worth £100.

Second Prize

A signed copy of Patricia Michelson’s newly published book Cheese published by Jacqui Small

The Judges

 

Patricia Michelson, owner of La Fromagerie and author

Laurent Damiens,  CNIEL

Denise Navarro, CNIEL

Competition Rules

1- Open to residents of the UK, except employees and their families of Sopexa UK, their agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion. Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter.

2-  Entries close on 30/04/2010 and must be submitted via a link to

vivelecheese@sopexa.com. Only one entry into each category i.e. visual and written allowed.

3-  The winner will be notified by email within 30 days of the closing date.

4-  The promoter cannot accept any responsibility for entries damaged, delayed, corrupted or not received for any reason whatsoever.

5-  There is no cash or other alternative prize available, except that in the event of circumstances outside of its control the promoter reserves the right to provide a similar prize of equal or greater value.

6-  The decision of the promoter in all matters is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

7-  For the name and the county of the winner, send a SAE marked ‘Vive Le Cheese/Winners’ to Sopexa (UK), Buchanan House, 24/30 Holborn, London EC1N 2HS.