When I first went to Switzerland in 2007 I had the opportunity to fulfil a dream. To work with food. I did this in what most people thought was the craziest way possible. I opened a cheese shop. But not just any cheese shop. My cheese shop only sold British cheese. The British Cheese Centre at the Markthalle Im Viadukt in Zürichs Kreis 5 became one of the most famous cheese shops in Switzerland.
I live and breath cheese and have a passion for all things Dairy. My talks though are not as dry as old cheese. I have been told that I can turn cheese into a "Fairy Tale". My anecdotes are full of human charm and passion and love. I also really enjoy making my customers laugh.
In late 2014 I took a short break from selling cheese on a day to day basis to follow another dream...... this time more liquid, my love of beer, and especially Swiss "Craft Beer" and together with some partners, I opened "The International Beer Bar" also in Zürich.
The Britsh Cheese Centre (now The British Cheese Deli) is in new hands, although I do help in the background and I am now based in London mongering at the UK's oldest cheese shop Paxton & Whitfield and am available for talks and tastings all over the UK.
Cheese and Beer...... yes, some say I am living the dream. Working with food is a dream, at least for me. I hope that, through this web site and its articles, and maybe one day with one of my talks or tastings, you too can enjoy sharing part of my dream.
As well as giving talks I am available to cater at your event, art gallery, restaurant, bar, brewery, company or home.
As well as supplying very special cheeses I can also work with other artisan foods.
I always bring detailed information about the cheeses so that your guests come away educated, inspired and happy.
I can pair the food with beers, wine (including Englsih Sparkling Wine and Port) and soft drinks of course.
I can talk on many subjects relating to cheese, British food and business. My talks are always fine tuned to fit my audience and they will always include a tasting of some of my favourite cheeses. But here is some information on 3 of my most popular talks. For more information look at my Services page or get in touch by email.
The History of British Cheese
Find out why British cheese is not so well known.... how WW2 killed off production of Artisan British cheeseses... How what we know about the influence of the Romans and Normans on British cheeses..... How Britain now makes more different styles of cheese than any other country in the world.... And much more!
My Inspirational Business Idea
Selling British Cheese in Switzerland. Is this crazy or inspirational? A vote is used to start this talk, and to finish it. I usually give this talk to business groups, companies, MBA programs and the like.
Pairing Cheese with beer, wine, whisky... and more!
Cheese is most often associated, as a pairing, with wine. But have you tried it with beer? Or whisky? And in winter, and for smaller groups, we might even try my own creation.... Scottish Fondue!