With all due respect to vegans and the lactose-intolerant, there's nothing quite like biting into a gooey slab of brie, or invigorating your taste buds with a pungent, room-clearing wedge of Stinking Bishop.
And, while a wander through the cheese room at the Kensington Whole Foods
or a weekend pilgrimage to L'Ubriaco at Borough Market
can turn up some seriously amazing fromage finds, it's our local cheese shops that we turn to when we want to discover something new, hone in on the perfect wine pairings, or get inside insight into what cheese-board selections will truly blow our pals' minds.
Ahead, meet a few of our favourite cheese gurus in London and cop their expert tips on pairings, proper cheese storage (put away the cling film!), and the ultimate summer cheese board. But, let us put it this way: This is not
the week to start that new diet.