“Will Studd is on a mission to save cheese and the way of life it represents, writes Paul Kalina.
SEVERAL labels can be applied to Will Studd. Funnily, they all involve cheese. The French call him a maitre fromager, while a Queen Victoria Market deli refers to him as a cheese guru. According to a publication in America, he’s a cheese rebel.
The first person to make a show about cheese, alongside Wallace and Gromit he’s TV’s most famous cheese aficionado.
He’ll tell you that he’s something of a cheese obsessive. “I think the Americans got it right, Will Studd the obsessional,” he admits.
He has two books on the topic and 31 episodes of the TV series Cheese Slices under his belt. By day, he runs a thriving cheese importation business.
But the English-born Studd shows no signs of letting up on his singular mission to celebrate the customs, techniques and flavours of cheese and its making — century-old traditions that, as he sees it, are imperilled by industry, demographic changes, the economy and politics. Continue reading