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Cheesaholic attempts world record for biggest sculpture
Tanys Pullin
Tanys normally makes wedding cakes out of cheese

A Somerset cheese sculptor is aiming to break the world record for the largest cheese sculpture.

Cheeseaholic and Cordon Bleu trained chef Tanys Pullin from Wells is aiming to craft a crown to mark the Queen's Coronation anniversary out of a half tonne block of cheddar.

It will be unveiled on the first day of next month's Royal Bath and West Show.

Tanys said she was excited but also nervous, as "a cheese sculpture of this size has never been attempted before."

To achieve the Guinness World Record, the crown sculpture will need to weigh in excess of 290 kg (101lbs).

Strict rules mean that the sculpture must be made from a single piece of cheese and is not allowed to be supported by an internal structure.

'Host of obstacles'

Though a cheese wedding cake expert, Tanys has never tried her hand at cheese-sculpting on this scale before.

Kevin Beer, Head Cheese Grader at Pilgrims Choice said he knows how unpredictable cheese can be and will be acting as cheese consultant for the attempt.

He said: "Working with a natural material such as cheddar presents a whole host of obstacles.

"If you leave it to its own devices in a normal environment it will develop a mould. To prevent this, Tanys will need to keep the sculpture at a low and constant temperature.

"She will also need to spray it constantly with olive oil and wrap it up at the end of each session in damp cheese cloth to keep it moist and prevent cracking.

"Ultimately, none of us will know from one day to the next whether this is going to be a goer or not. But that's all part of the fun!"

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