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.
Since 2002, Will has been the executive producer and presenter of Cheese Slices(US title: Cheese Chaser’s World Adventures), a unique hit television series about artisanal and traditional handmade cheeses from around the globe. Cheese Sliceshas visited hundreds of dairies in more than two dozen countries. This award-winning show is now in its eighth season.
“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 with his follow up title, Cheese Slices, published in 2007. Both have since become highly sought-after by cheese aficionados. Will is a regular contributor to numerous food publications, including Australian Gourmet Travellerand Australian Gourmet Wine, and he appears at specialty food events around the world. His knowledge of specialist cheeses, and the people who make them, is unsurpassed.
Will has won numerous international awards, including the French Government-bestowed title of Officer of the Ordre National du Merite Agicole for his work in support of traditional raw milk cheese. He is also recognised by France’s famous Guilde des Fromage as an ‘Ambassedeaur’ and Matire Fromager.
Ellie Studd and Sam Studd are the youngest of Will’s three children. Trained and working in other fields – Ellie in nursing and Sam in hospitality – both these Studd siblings felt the lure of the cheese world, and undertook years of their own intensive training and education.
Over the last decade, they have separately travelled Australia and the world, working with celebrated cheese mongers and makers, and learning to make, mature and sell cheese. Both Ellie and Sam are now members of the esteemed International Guilde Des Fromagers. These days, the two siblings spend their time hand-selecting artisan cheeses alongside Will for the ‘Selected by Will Studd’ range, and working tirelessly to share these cheeses with the US and Australian markets.
Sam’s extensive, hands-on experience as a cheese monger and maker spurred his interest in education. He is passionate about sharing his cheese knowledge with sellers and restauranteurs – as well as suggesting wine, beer and sake pairings – thereby adding value to cheese counters and restaurant menus.
Ellie’s artistic approach lends itself beautifully to bringing cheese to life through photography, recipe creation, social media, and contributions to various food publications, sharing and expanding the meaning and place of cheese, in our lives and on our tables.
“We grew up watching Will get excited about new cheeses, and work excitedly to share his vast knowledge with others. We have always had an understanding and appreciation that life’s most special, celebratory moments are enhanced by the taste of beautiful cheese. We’re so excited that our paths have also led us to the endlessly fascinating, dynamic world of fromage, and we can’t wait to share our passion, knowledge and endless discoveries with…basically anyone who will listen!” – Ellie Studd and Sam Studd