For the last couple of years the British have won the Tour de France a feat unimaginable only a short time ago. Not only have we beaten the French at their national sport, now we have ousted them from the top spot in the foodie stakes. Leading the charge is the unlikely and rather self effacing figure of Matt Feroze who won the Champion de France, Concours National des Fromagers this year. To you and I it means that he really is a big cheese. In fact the biggest. In a highly competitive and xenophobic world, a Brit has, again for the first time, taken top spot.
His story of transformation from an accountant at the National Audit Office to a world of fromage is absorbing. He has done what so many dream of doing...upping sticks and following his true ambition, which in his case is a vision of cheese. What his cholesterol is like I have no idea but his loving descriptions of the seemingly endless varieties of cheese got my taste buds tingling. Like any journey we learn a lot on the way, on how to care for, present and nurture a cheese. They are not merely lumps of curdled milk to him, they are living breathing organisms, his babies which, at times, he reluctantly sent off to market. An enjoyable education and a fascinating journey.