Monday, June 24, 2013

Handed in on time!

So there it is – the completed manuscript for my first book, The Cheese And I. It's coming out in September and I'm so excited to see the finished product. 

I have to confess that I was a little disappointed that the whole book condensed into such a small file size that it would have fitted three times (with room to spare) onto a floppy disk. All those words!

Anyway, now that’s in the trusty hands of the good people at Michael O'Mara books, I’ve begun touring France and checking out some of my favourite cheese producers. The reception can get a little sketchy in the mountains so apologies if I go off radar a bit. I’ll do my best to keep you posted on what I’m up to. I've got my camera with me and will be snapping away, so watch this space for more pictures and cheesy titbits.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Leaving Lyon (sniff)

These last 10 days have been emotional.

Lyon, it’s been awesome - I'm going to miss you.

I have now officially left the Lyon shop, nearly a year to the day when I started, and handed over the keys to our Lyon flat. Our time in Lyon is officially over.

It’s been a blast but it’s time to move on and so I'm back for a short stay in London to finish up the book and finalise organising my “summer of cheese”. I'm planning a tour around France visiting some of my favourite producers and learning about what makes their cheese quite so special.

Lyon has been brilliant and I've met some fantastic people. This post however, is a specific mention and thank you to my favourite cheese shop team at Fromagerie Mons – Etienne Boissy, who have all done so much to help me find my way in the cheese biz (and put up with me when I was massively stressed in competition training).

I've had a great time working with you and thanks for the send-off!

From left to right:
Sabrina, Bénédicte, Etienne, Me, Victor and Severine