Chat with Jackie, Castell Gwyn Cheese

Tell us a bit about you I’m a Lancashire lass who moved from Preston to Llandudno eight years ago having moved jobs from UCLan to Bangor University, taking my husband and two young boys with me.  The leadership programme I work on is called 20 twenty, so I am surrounded by entrepreneurs and business owners which is incredibly inspiring.  North …

Chat with Simon, Weardale Cheese

Tell us a bit about you My name is Simon and I run Weardale Cheese, in beautiful Weardale, which is on the eastern side of the Pennines in County Durham.  For the previous twenty years, I was leading and working for a distribution company which delivered telephone books! The legacy of being a cheese maker stemmed in part from my …

Chat with Chris, Neneview Dairy, Northamptonshire

Tell us a bit about you In a former life, I was a teacher for 35 years. My main responsibilities as a team leader were for music and ICT, but being a primary school teacher, I taught everything. I took early retirement because I wanted to take care of my mother who had Alzheimer’s. I come from a farming family, …

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 …

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 …

Chat with Mario, Olianas Cheese

Tell us a bit about you I was born in Vienna, my mother is Austrian and my father is Italian and I lived in Sardinia from the age of 6 months until I came to the UK in 2001.  I have always been involved with food since I can remember; my father is a fisherman and we used to cure …

We Are Back!

Yes, it has been a long time…..what can I say….I got hooked on Twitter, it is quick and concise. WordPress has changed a lot and it feels a bit unfamiliar, but am planning to re-learn it fast because one of the things I will be doing is asking some cheese maker friends a bit about themselves and their business in …