During a visit to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, Mary Quicke was the surprise recipient of a very special honour. At a roof-top ceremony Mary was inaugurated into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers.
The Guilde Internationale des Fromagers operates throughout Europe and internationally in 33 countries. It has more than 6,000 members, made up of professional cheesemakers, dairy farmers, processors, refiners, traders and retailers.
The guilde’s aim is to further develop a wider network and share knowledge and expertise. With 15 induction chapters held annually, the guilde is responsible for promoting the hard work of women and men in the world of dairy. Mary’s inauguration is in recognition of her cheese expertise and lifelong dedication to farming and cheesemaking.
Mary said: “The Fancy Food Show always throws up surprises but I really wasn’t expecting this! La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers is enormously respected throughout the industry and to have been selected to join their members is really quite astonishing and an enormous privilege. It is also an opportunity to further spread the word about my passions as a cheesemaker and all the issues that matter to Quicke’s and other British dairies.”
Mary’s recent awards scoops don’t stop at the Fancy Food Show, Mary has been named one of this year’s WIFTS International Visionary Honouree’s – receiving The Environment Award. The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase Foundation recognises a breadth of women who continue to raise the bar in their respective fields. It is a unique foundation that promotes and celebrates ‘Women as Individuals’. Also amongst 2015’s honouree’s was Salma Hayek, Mexican-American actress, director and producer – but not a cheesemaker!
On the home front, Mary has been named ‘Rural Champion 2015-2016’ at the Western Morning News Countryside Awards. These latest recognitions follow on from 2015’s successes which included a multitude of cheese prizes and a lifetime achievement award at the World Cheese Awards, for Mary’s ‘Exceptional Contribution to Cheese’. It looks as if the trophy shelf at Home Farm might need expanding!
(from a press release)