Chat with Sophie, Sheffield Cheese Masters

Tell us a bit about you My name is Sophie Williamson, I own/run a small dairy in Sheffield and only went into production at the end of September 2017.  It still feels really weird to say my profession is now a cheesemaker. I have a degree in computing and a masters’ degree in cyber security and that has really been …

Chat with Elizabeth, Whitby Cheese

Tell us a bit about you I married a local boy (from Whitby) and I have 2 children, one in their 20s and the other in their 30s, both happy and settled and those are the important bits.  I have lived in the countryside all my life, and had horses, hens, ducks, I have bred rare breed Shetland sheep, and …

Nectarine and Raspberry Goat Curd tart by Thomasina Miers

Thomasina Miers’ summer fruit dessert recipes From nectarine tart to mango sorbet, summer puddings are all about making the most of seasonal fruit Thomasina Miers Thomasina Miers’ nectarine and raspberry goats’ curd tart: the fruit is the perfect foil for the tangy curd. Photograph: Rita Platts for the Guardian. All food styling: Frankie Unsworth. Stylist’s assistant: Tamara Vos. Prop stylist: …

Chat with Michael, Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese, Ireland

Tell us a bit about you Hello, my name is Michael Finegan and I am a goat farmer and cheesemaker from Slane, Co.Meath, Ireland.  I am married to Jenny (who is from Cheshire, whom I met in New Zealand) and we have two daughters, Julia 6 and Ruth 3.  I am from a farming background myself.  We had 50 milk …

Chat with Claire Burt of Burt’s Cheese

Tell us a bit about you I studied a food and nutrition degree at university and was really interested in nutrition when I was younger; I did a lot of sports and was keen on health and fitness.  During my university placement year, I spent a year at Solway Foods, who became part of Northern Foods, working in the NPD …

Chat with Fenella, Torteval Cheese, Guernsey

Tell us a bit about you I was a nurse for 25 yrs then decided to change direction into cheese making.  The same patience is necessary and attention to hygiene plus the ability not to panic when things go wrong! I had a Thomas Hardy sort of romance about wanting to be a cheesemaker- remember Tess stirring the curd?  It …