Award-winning local cheese producers Yorkshire Dama Cheese has become the most recent business to win Huddersfield Town’s ‘Shooting Star’ award, held in association with Lucas Lee & Partners.

Razan Alsous moved to Yorkshire from war-torn Syria in 2012 with her husband and three young children. Even with her pharmacy degree she found it impossible to find a job, so – with help from her family – she decided to start Yorkshire Dama Cheese (Dama being short for Damascus) in 2014.

Since formation, Yorkshire Dama Cheese has gone from strength to strength, culminating in winning a Gold World Cheese Award for 2016/17 and the Yorkshire Haloum Chilli being awarded ‘Yorkshire Cheese of the Year’ at the 2016 Deliciously Yorkshire Awards.

Founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese, Razan Alsous, who has also been nominated for Woman of the Year in London 2016, said of the award:

“I’m delighted to have been chosen for this award; it’s great for The Yorkshire Club to recognise the makers of Yorkshire Haloum!

“This really does show how far the team and I have come and I can’t wait to attend the ‘Shooting Star’ Champion of Champions event in February.”

Chis Lee, Managing Director at Lucas Lee & Partners, added:

“Yorkshire Dama is the premier producer of British Halloumi cheese as its impressive awards list suggests. Winning ‘Cheese of the Year 2016’ was well deserved after all the company’s hard work.

“Hearing how Razan has driven the business was inspiring and I look forward to seeing her at the ‘Shooting Star’ Champion of Champions event on Thursday 2 February.”

Huddersfield Town’s Commercial Manager – Partnerships, John Williams, commented:

“Yorkshire Dama is a great example of a local business that could go nationwide with ease. For a new start up this a true testament to Razan and her business.

“I’m delighted to be presenting this award to Yorkshire Dama Cheese and look forward to seeing Razan at the ‘Shooting Star’ Champion of Champions event.”

If you’re interested in coming along to the ‘Shooting Star’ Champion of Champions event on Thursday 2 February 2017, which includes a two-course meal, a guest speaker and a ticket to Town vs Brighton in the comfort of the Fantastic Media Suite, please don’t hesitate to call John on 01484 484 173 or email john.williams@htafc.com. Tickets are priced at just £45 per person plus VAT.