Deli Shack Food Heroes – Vulscombe Goats Cheese, Devon
Graham Townsend, owner and maker of the renowned Vulscombe Goats Cheeses that have become so popular among cheese fanciers, is one of the nicest and most affable chaps you’re ever likely to meet.
His approach is very straight forward, quality above all things with a very liberal splash of consistency. Now you might wonder what I’m talking about but the simple truth is that artisan produce varies from batch to batch, not much maybe, but it does all the same.
That’s the great thing about the whole artisan experience, those little changes and nuances that separates what I like to eat from the endless oceans of ‘sameness’ that’s designed to appeal to everybody whist not being particularly appealing to anyone.
However, that’s not quite the case with Graham, his beautiful cheeses are almost always exactly the same each time I try them. Same texture, flavour, sharpness… everything really. This is not a problem because I know that that his dedication to duty breaks all boundaries in the pursuit of that little slice of heaven. It’s just one of those things that I’ve noticed along the way
Yes, I do like the man. He makes me smile and love his cheese, especially at breakfast time with rye bread and a big slug of tea. Bliss, sheer bliss!!
I think another reason I like him is that some 26 years ago Graham packed in his career as a lecturer to come to Devon and make goats cheese. Back then goats cheese wasn’t all that popular and so that was an almighty gamble. With two children in tow the gamble was all the greater and shouldn’t be underestimated. I restarted my own career a few years back to achieve a better quality of life and so to see Graham really cutting the mustard is a great inspiration to me personally.
These little beauties come in a range of flavours including plain, pepper corn, sundried tomato and garlic and herb. They’re made with pasteurised milk and vegetable rennet, so they’re suitable for vegetarians too.
If you can’t get Vulscombe locally, go onto The Deli Shack website at www.delishack.com and we’ll pop one out to you.
Iain Thompson is a trained chef and runs a fine meat and cheese business from the PannierMarket in Tiverton where he sells some of the finest produce the regionhas to offer as well as regaling their customers with fabulous oldWestcountry stories and entertaining with simple, innovative cookerytheatre.
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