A staggering 12 tonnes of his creation was served at the Olympic Games, but sponsorship rules meant he couldn’t talk about it – until now.
Today, a West Yorkshire cheesemonger has officially unveiled his ‘Legacy’ cheese, which was enjoyed by athletes, politicians and members of the Royal family at the Olympics.
Richard Holmes, of Cryer & Stott in Castleford, Wakefield, Pontefract and Allerton Bywater, created all the cheeseboards served at corporate dinners at two Olympic venues.
As well as sourcing all the cheese eaten by diners at Eton Dorney and Greenwich Park, he chose the olives, the chutneys, the grapes and even the wood used for the serving blocks.
The 43-year-old, who owns Cryer & Stott with his wife Clare, also created an Olympic cheese called ‘Legacy’ for the VIP guests, which was inspired by the five Olympic rings.
He said: “When an Olympic official asks you to create a bespoke cheeseboard for the Olympics, it was a little bit of a surreal moment.
“I feel sure it must be the same feeling that our Yorkshire gold, silver and bronze medalists got, that stomach churning excitement that you can’t quite believe what’s going on.
“After all, I’m only a cheesemonger from Yorkshire.”