Dairy triumphs in cheese roll competition

23:53, Jul 23 2014
timaru cheese roll competition
THE BIG CHEESE: These are no ordinary cheese rolls, they are winners. Fusion restaurant chef and judge Lindsay Bennett and Karen Steven inspect cheese rolls from a Washdyke dairy that came out tops in an early morning tasting session yesterday.

After an aggravated robbery last week, a South Canterbury dairy has turned misfortune into triumph.

Washdyke Night'n'Day dairy has won the business section of a cheese roll competition. Zonta member Anne Rich took out the individual award.

Dairy owner Mary Moir was proud as punch of the result of the blind tasting which saw her store win on the back of the robbery.

cheese roll
SERIOUS BUSINESS: Judging the best cheese rolls in South Canterbury proved harrowing at times for, from left, Damon Odey and Audrey Malone.

"It's been a real thrill, especially after everything that happened last week," she said.

Moir was convinced to enter the competition by her customers who said they had the best cheese rolls around.

Her store supervisor Karen Steven was so convinced they would win she dropped the entries off just after 7am on her day off.


Highly commended mentions from the judges went to Cafe Plum from Geraldine, Mocha Cafe and Temuka's Sweet Creations.

There were 20 entries, the furthermost couriered in from Otematata.

There was a strong showing from Geraldine with four entries.

Judges, Timaru District Mayor Damon Odey, councillor Peter Burt, Port FM announcer Di Hay, award-winning Fusion chef Lindsay Bennett and Herald reporter Audrey Malone, were lined up by competition organiser Steve Wills.

Bennett said the ideal cheese roll looked golden brown and round, creamy filling and had a crunchy texture.

"The cheese needs to melt, the onions should be cooked," he said.

A variety of rolls were entered, including rye bread, curry flavoured, varying types of cheese and differing stages of cooked onion.

Hay compared the most exotic flavours to people cooking on the Masterchef television programme.

Burt reckoned the classic roll was the best option. "The garden variety took it out. It was classic, with good taste and good texture."

Due to family commitments Wills was unable to judge but Odey offered Wills' services for the prizewinners. "Steve will host, supply the alcohol, and cater for the winners."

The Timaru Herald