I have always had the interest to try and make cheese but never really got round to do so. As a young commis chef I had this fixation and dream to give my job up for a year and travel through France, visiting the cheese making regions (most of France that is!) and do voluntarily work for the small artisan cheese makers. Well that remained a dream as I was never motivated enough to learn to speak French or to save enough money to give up my job and take a year out.
English cheeses were never looked at twice in my previous workplaces, mainly because these were establishments and restaurants specialising in modern French cuisine. It was not fashionable to serve English produce back then. It’s only recently, shall we say the past five/ six years, that British produce enjoys the focus and centre of attention. I’m very privileged