Juliet Harbutt Talks About British Cheese
Juliet Harbutt, a British cheese guru, explains the Intricacies of British cheese to Cheese and Toast.
That’s a half-wheel of Stilton (producer is Cropwell-Bishop) staring you straight in the face. And holding it is Juliet Harbutt, British cheese guru and knower of all things cheese-related. (There, I think I’ve deftly summed up Juliet’s dense full page resume of achievements). Juliet, among many other things, started the British Cheese Awards in 1994 to help recognise excellence in British cheese. She was in town last week (at The Cookbook Store) promoting a selection of British cheeses in Canada.
The entire selection consists of sixteen traditional cheese that have been consistent medal award winners at the British Cheese Awards. Only about 30% of 900 entries each year garner a medal and 22 “rise to the top” says Juliet. Sobey’s is carrying six of her sixteen choices exclusively at their stores. (There is a bonus 7th cheese on the plate below)