Will Studd has been working with specialist cheese for over four decades. He has travelled the world many times over in his quest to seek out the most delicious and fascinating cheeses, made by the most talented and expert cheesemakers.
After establishing delicatessens in central London in the 1970s, Will migrated to Australia, 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 is the executive producer and presenter of Cheese Slices (US title: Cheese Chaser’s World Adventures), a unique 64-episode television series about artisanal handmade cheeses around the globe. Since its creation in 2002, this award-winning show has filmed hundreds of dairies in more than two dozen countries, and become an important reference for cheese lovers and cheese professionals.
“Will is a tireless enthusiast for good cheese. Almost single-handedly, he has persuaded officialdom in Australia to lift the total ban on un-pasteurised cheeses so that he can sell his beloved Roquefort there. His TV series is endlessly engaging. At last, someone has made a good food show about the world’s best.”
Will published his first book, Chalk and Cheese, in 1999 (awarded World’s Best Cheese Book at the Gourmand Awards in Paris), with his follow up title, Cheese Slices, published in 2007. Both have since become highly sought-after by cheese aficionados.
Over the course of his career, Will has won numerous international awards, including the French Government-bestowed title of Officier of the Ordre National du Merite Agicole for his work promoting traditional raw milk cheese. Will is also recognised as an ‘Ambassadeur’ and Maitre Fromager of France’s prestigious Guilde des Fromager.