Its 10 years since I entered the International Cheese Awards – Nantwich July 2010 and picked up a Gold in the Specialist Cheese Makers class. Being awarded a Gold among the cheese-makers in that class gave the confidence to start believing that maybe I could scale up my ‘kitchen table’ production and follow my passion to turn ‘cheese-maker’ full time.
Having made the decision that summer, I found a small space to rent at the back of the Cheshire Cookery School, Altrincham near my home. I am very grateful to the ‘Warmes Family’ for the opportunity to rent a space that allowed me to grow Burt’s Cheese. With the help of family and friends we converted the space to something that looked like a ‘dairy’ with white cladding on the walls and a shiny stainless steel vat.
My first production was 200Lts in the autumn of 2010 made some 100 mini Burt’s Blue, I had no idea how much I had to learn our cheese-making, let alone starting a business. I’ve learnt a lot in 10 years, we’ve scaled up production again and are now based on a farm just outside Knutsford. We’ve double the workforce, taking on Tom Partridge back in 2013. We’ve expanded the range of cheese we make and we’ve picked up some more awards along. And its with the thanks to all our customers for their support that we are still here and making cheese. Thank you.