An amateur cheese maker who cooks up creations from his Sheffield home has beaten off top producers to win an award.
Nathan Pratt, of Woodseats, believes the milk he gets from Sheffield dairy Our Cow Molly was the secret to his success at the recent Bakewell Show.
The 30-year-old won first place and a gold award in the single hard-pressed territorial cheese category for his creation Dungworth – named after the village where Our Cow Molly is based.
Nathan said: “For me, the farmhouse-style cheeses made with raw milk are completely representative of the landscape and the farming where it comes from.
“I was interested to find out what a cheese made from ingredients from Sheffield would be like.
“Eddie and Dan Andrew, at Our Cow Molly, have been really supportive - I couldn’t make my cheese without their help.”
Nathan, who works in the library at Sheffield’s Longley Park Sith Form College, only began making cheese ten months ago and was shocked his entry beat off competition from well-known producers.
He said: “I am passionate about traditionally crafted homemade foods.
“It started when I was home brewing a couple of years ago and bread making. I then started making cheese.
“I have been developing a different styles and a few different variations.
“I have been producing a fair bit over the last few months and a few people have tried it and pointed me in the right direction.
“When I entered the competition it was more of a bit of fun. I just make cheese for my partner and I and sometimes give it to friends and family.
“There were big producers there, stilton and cheddar makers, and I was shocked to win.”
Nathan said his cheese-making is still just a hobby but could become something more. Eddie Andrew, of Our Cow Molly, said: “Our milk makes the best ice cream, best latte and now best cheese, and by the end of the year Our Cow Molly butter will be in production too.”