Bronwen Percival is technical manager and cheese buyer for Neal’s Yard Dairy. Ben Harris is head cheesemaker at Ticklemore Cheese Dairy, makers of a fine selection of blue cheeses which Neal’s Yard Dairy has been buying for almost 30 years. Here Bronwen and Ben discuss taste, trust and how the strength of their working relationship has come into its own in their collaborative effort to create a mature, rinded blue cheese.
Farmhouse cheese is handmade and thus varies with each day’s production and changes as it matures. As such it is necessary to apply a common sense approach to cheese care and respond to the cheese you have in front of you, as opposed to following rigid guidelines. Here are some pointers which will help you to ensure you eat your cheese at its best.
Graham Kirkham of Kirkham’s Lancashire and Joe Schneider of Stichelton Dairy tell us why the lockdown posed such a perilous threat to their businesses. We hear how Jamie Oliver and fellow British cheese champions (such as Jenny Linford, Sheila Dillon, Nigel Slater) brought about the change the cheesemakers we work with so desperately need to see.
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