City caterer Chester Boyd has introduced a unique cheese into its venues as it begins to celebrate 30 years of trading.
The ‘Red Chester 1067' is a raw milk farmhouse cheese that is the result of a collaboration between an artisan Welsh cheese producer Glynhyod Farm and the James Aldridge Eastside Cheese Company in Surrey.
It is named in honour of three institutions: the red represents the Red Dragon of the Corporation of London and the fact that the cheese is washed in red wine; 1067 is the year the Corporation was first founded; and Chester recognises that Chester Boyd will exclusively serve this cheese to start its 30th anniversary celebrations.
Chester Boyd chief executive Alison Tyler said: "While we can't quite boast almost 1,000 years' of history in the same way as the Corporation of London, we are incredibly proud to be celebrating our 30th year in business in the City of London."
The cheese is an unpasteurised cows' milk cheese containing vegetarian rennet and made at Glynhyod Farm in Dyfed. It is then matured by the James Aldridge Eastside Cheese Company in Surrey, where it is coated with a Muscat red wine every other day for up to eight weeks.
This company was founded by James Aldridge, who achieved fame by washing cheese in wine and also developing other cheeses that are still regarded as British classics today.
Hi wife Pat has run the business since his death over a decade ago, and in his memory the Specialist Cheesemakers' Association awards the James Aldridge Memorial Trophy each year.
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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