After the opening blessing, the judges are given their instructions. They’ll be working in pairs, with two pairs per category. Each judge will individually score the cheeses, and then the team will use tally their scores to decide a winner for their category. Following that, one judge from each team will form another team to select the Supreme Champion.
The judges are also given their criteria for judging: Appearance and Presentation, Body and Texture, Flavour and Aroma, and Saleability (in this case, judged by how likely the judge would be to actually buy the cheese). Each cheese is scored, and if the judges feel it is worthy of an award, it can be given a Bronze, Silver or Gold.