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Cheese & Me

Meet freelance cheesemonger Ned Palmer.

My career began at Borough Market in the winter of 2000 when I ate a piece of cheese. The cheese was Trethowan’s Gorwydd Caerphilly and its maker Todd Trethowan, startled by my enthusiasm, got me a job at Neal’s Yard Dairy. I stayed there for eight years, working at the retail counter and in the cellars, washing, rubbing, patting and sometimes singing to the cheeses.

In 2014 I set up the Cheese Tasting Company to bring cheese to the people, and when I am not eating or talking about cheese, I travel around Britain and the rest of Europe visiting cheesemakers and hearing their stories.

My first book, A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles came out in October 2019, and was a Sunday Times book of the year and
 top ten bestseller. In 2020 A Cheesemonger's History was shortlisted for the André Simon, Fortnum and Mason's and Guild of Food Writers prizes, 


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Virtual events

The world has changed. And it might not change back in a hurry. So, we now offer Virtual Cheese Tastings via video conferencing. Ned will be virtual; the cheese will be very real. 


We will send you and your guests fabulous, and specially selected cheese tasting kits. At the appointed time, Ned will begin the virtual tasting and talk you through the wonderful world of cheese.


Cheese and Zoom (or whichever platform you prefer).


Ned will join you and your guests through the awesome 2020-omnipresent power of Zoom (or whichever video conferencing platform you prefer). He will give a talk lasting around an hour and a half, with plenty of space for questions and general cheese chat. Every tasting includes plenty of useful info about choosing and serving cheese, and matching with drinks, as well as loads of fun stories about cheese and cheesemakers.


Physical events

Inspirational, fun and delicious, The Cheese Tasting Company's events will introduce your guests to the fabulous world of artisanal cheese from Britain and The Continent. We are also constantly seeking out the most fascinating and individual wines and beers to pair with cheeses.

The Cheese Tasting Company is led by expert cheese-monger Ned Palmer.
Nedʼs 20 years of experience in cellars, dairies and farms and close friendships with cheese makers allow him to deliver a unique and memorable experience.

Our tastings range from larger corporate level events to smaller private functions. We can provide cheese talks, interactive sessions, or simply provide a beautiful selection of cheeses served by an expert monger to liven up your party.


"Working with Ned is a joy.

The things he knows about cheese astound me and he has a flawless palate for flavour matching"

​Jonny Garrett, Jamie Oliver Foundation.

The book for cheese lovers everywhere

A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles tells the story of these islands, their people and their cheeses, from prehistoric Celts to postmodern foodies. Freelance cheesemonger and writer, Ned Palmer, explains how key moments and major currents in our history are embodied within our food. And he explains how to find the best cheeses today, discover how they are made and meet the eccentric cast of characters who make them.

You'll discover what to drink with them and how to relish the history and flavour of every bite. It's a cheesemonger's odyssey, a celebration of history, tradition and innovation guaranteed to leave you hungry for more.

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