Swoon’s head gelato chef, Luisa Fontana, has created two new limited-edition savoury gelati to mark the World Cheese Awards’ 30th anniversary. With Montgomery’s Mature Cheddar and Bath Blue cheese gelato now sitting alongside Swoon’s alluring array of award-winning gelati and sorbetti in its Bath and Bristol bars, Luisa has taken inspiration from previous World Cheese Awards winners from the South West to transform these Christmas cheese board favourites into silky smooth gelati.
Made with the World Cheese Awards’ 2014 World Champion Cheese, Bath Blue, the moreish blue cheese gelato has a creamy texture, salty bite and speckles of the distinctive 8-10 week ripened blue veining throughout. The World Cheese Awards 2016 Super Gold award-winning Montgomery’s Mature Cheddar completes this pioneering pair, bringing a deep, rich and nutty flavour to the bright and velvety Cheddar cheese gelato.
Luisa explains; “We’re always looking for ways to push the boundaries with our gelato making at Swoon, so having developed many savoury gelato flavours in Italy, we wanted to bring this idea to the UK using award-winning cheeses from the surrounding area. To develop these two recipes, I had to get to grips with the makeup of each cheese, understanding its texture, fat content and salt levels, in order to balance this with the gelato base, but the result has made it all worthwhile. This will be a new journey for the taste buds of many in Bath and Bristol, but I hope cheese and gelato lovers alike will embrace these two unique flavours in the lead up to Christmas.”
As well as being available in the Bath and Bristol bars, Swoon will also be serving the Bath Blue cheese and Montgomery’s Mature Cheddar cheese gelati at the World Cheese Awards 30th anniversary celebrations on Friday 17 November, due to be held at Tobacco Dock in London as part of this year’s Taste of London Festive Edition.
Swoon was created in 2016 by the fourth generation of the Forte family who brought traditional Italian gelato to the UK over a century ago, now crafting multi award-winning gelato and sorbetto with passion, in the flavours labs of its Bath and Bristol stores. With a dedication to its heritage, a desire to sustain tradition and a commitment to using the freshest and finest ingredients, whether from local suppliers or sourced from overseas for their intense flavour profiles, Swoon’s enchanting array of gelati and sorbetti has already been a hit with the critics. In 2017, four of its products received a 3-star Great Taste award, three of which were also in the Great Taste Top 50 Foods, and one product received a 2-star Great Taste award. This resounding success scooped Swoon the Great Taste Golden Fork for Producer of the Year in 2o17, a recognition of exceptional quality achieved across the board.
Swoon’s flagship gelato bar is based on College Green in Bristol and its second bar is based on Kingsmead Square in Bath. Both are open from 10am – 10:30pm every day.