National Cheese Week kicked off on 5 June and runs to 9 June 2017. Not that we need a reason to celebrate Irish cheese in all its forms – oozing on a shepherd’s pie or simply paired with chutney on a quality cracker – but the National Dairy Council is taking it one step forward with their national Cheese Up Your Life recipe competition.

After receiving a huge volume of entries across two categories, Hanna Mathe, who is studying Culinary Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology, won first prize in the Culinary Student category for her delicious Blue Cheese, Kale and Pecan Tart.