With more than three decades of experience he has done much to expand the horizons of the local industry, in a role that has included the distribution and retailing of fine cheese, media commentator, and successful author.
Will Studd has worked with artisan cheese since establishing specialist food stores in central London in the 1970s. Will migrated to Melbourne, Australia in the 1980s, where he has done much to promote a greater understanding of what good cheese is all about, as well as championing the cause for cheese made from raw milk.
Will has been the executive producer and presenter of Cheese Slices since 2002. Since then, Cheese Slices has visited hundreds of dairies and cheese makers in more than two dozen countries around the globe.
Will's first book, Chalk and Cheese, was published in 1999 and his follow-up title, Cheese Slices, was published in 2007. Both have since become highly sought-after by cheese aficionados. He is a regular contributor to numerous food titles, including Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine and Australian Gourmet Wine, and he appears regularly at specialty cheese and food events around the world. His knowledge of specialist cheeses, and the people who make them, is unsurpassed.
In 2009, the French Government honoured Will with the prestigious title of Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite Agricole for his work in the defence of traditional raw milk cheese. He is also recognised by France's famous Guilde des Fromagers as an ‘Ambassadeur’ and Mâitre Fromager.
Season 7 of Cheese Slices will air on Lifestyle FOOD in 2014.
“Will is a tireless enthusiast for good cheese. Almost single handedly, he has persuaded officialdom in Australia to lift the total ban on un-pasteurized cheeses so that he can sell his beloved Roquefort there. His TV series is endlessly engaging. At last, someone has made a good show about the world’s best.” - Rick Stein OBE, Chef and Restaurateur
“He will forever – in the mind of this chef, at least - be a hero of the food industry and food lovers.” - Neil Perry, Sydney Chef and Restaurateur
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