Tell us a bit about you Simon in one of his maturing rooms 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 dad, who worked for the Milk Marketing Board and my first job after Newcastle University was working on a graduate
Tell us a bit about you Fenella, Torteval Cheese 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 is romantic. I’m not disappointed, but there is a lot of anxiety too. Providing food for people has a lot of responsibility attached.