Having being brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, one of the most instilled memories is visiting Mellis cheese shops at a young age.
What were you doing prior to opening cheese shops?
I worked for the North of Scotland Milk Marketing board as a laboratory technician and then moved on to be a cheesemaker in Orkney.
After the time in Orkney, I moved to Cheshire and worked as a head cheesemaker for 7 years before returning to Scotland ( Edinburgh ) to open my first cheese shop in Victoria Street in 1993.
In the beginning, a lot of travelling was in the uk and Ireland was involved.
Thereafter further afield travelling to France, Italy and Spain.
"As the family grew, this became a little less, however, a lot of the children's holidays were centred around visiting Cheesemakers or charcuterie curers."
As the family grew, this became a little less, however, a lot of the children's holidays were centred around visiting Cheesemakers or charcuterie curers.
I'm afraid I never used a computer before opening the business.
I bought my first Apple Mackintosh computer the year I opened the shop, but didn't know how to use it!!
Luckily my children have helped a lot with social benefits with my eldest son doing most of it, although, being a visual person myself, I must say I use Instagram a lot for inspiration.
Yes. As I said before,I made cheese for around 10 years.
If I was being honest, I wasn't the greatest of Cheesemakers as I was easily distracted.
It takes a steady personality to be a good cheesemaker.
I still although enjoy talking about all aspects of cheese making with the Cheesemakers.
What are your plans for the future? more wine & cheese nights?
Me and my two boys are currently getting into our natural wines and beers.
My eldest is currently studying in Madrid for 1 year, so cheese, wine and " small plate " dining is a family favourite.
I probably see future plans down the line of importing wines as well as our cheeses.