Last June I spent a week in Boulogne installing our Bronze Age boat replica in the museum in the castle there. We came in to work one morning to find an English film crew setting up, Jamie Oliver was apparently coming to take on the French with some English cheeses. I am a big cheese fan particularly very special artisan cheeses and they had brought a couple which I had not come across before. Each country had to select a hard and soft cows milk cheese, a blue, a goats and a sheeps milk cheese, they were judged by impartial Belgian cheeses judges.
These were the 5 cheeses they chose
I was surprised that the French Roquefort was not as good as some I have had tasted so the Colston Basset Stilton still won easily, personally I would have taken a Stichelton the new unpasteurised Stilton type cheese. I have just watched the program which aired a couple of weeks ago but is available for another week online here
The discovery of the day for me was Martin Gott’s St James a mindbogglingly good cheese, the ones we were tasting had been matured by Neals Yard and were a bit softer and riper than the ones in the picture above. At the end of the day having tasted our way through all the leftovers we were given goody bags with a whole St Marks, it is sublime. Good to see they are now completely out of stock of St James at their cheese shop.