A Brief History of British Cheese
London Cheese Tasting
Ned Palmer is a recovering philosopher, jazz pianist, and cheese evangelist. After discovering the glories of British cheese selling his friend’s Caerphilly cheese at Borough market, Ned spent seven years at Neal’s Yard Dairy, training as a retailer, affineur and connoisseur of cheese. Fascinated by the history of cheesemaking, and the stunning flavours of traditional styles, he visited makers across Britain to discover their stories and secrets, uncovering the magic behind a great cheeseboard. Ned set up the Cheese Tasting Company in 2012, to deliver tastings to private and corporate audiences. He also works with Laithwaites, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the British Epicurean Society and various London craft brewers to bring cheese to the people. Ned’s tastings feature the most delicious surprises and matches, alongside eccentric, eclectic and esoteric stories of the makers of great British cheese, both ancient and modern. Ned lives with acclaimed historical novelist Imogen Robertson and an unreasonable number of books about cheese.
Food journalist and cheese writer Patrick McGuigan has travelled the world, from the Swiss Alps to the hipster cheese bars of New York, to write about cheese makers, maturers and retailers. He is a senior judge at the World Cheese Awards, teaches cheese courses at the School of Fine Food and is a co-founder of the London Cheese Project festival. He is particularly partial to a slice of Kirkham's Lancashire
After 16 years as a cheesemonger in London, Chris found himself at a loose end in New York with an opportunity to try something different. He chose craft beer. He got a job in a small shop at Manhattan's Grand Central Station which boasted an exhaustive selection of beers from around the world, but also, tucked away in a corner, was a modest and often overlooked selection of craft ciders. Over time he found himself drawn more and more to this corner of the shop & discovered not only ciders from America but from further afield as well: Normandy, Herefordshire, Somerset. The gradual effect was revelatory. Several years, thousands of miles & many ciders later, he is back in the UK and championing cider (and cheese) through his new enterprise: Cork & Crown.
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