World record bid stacks up for ‘Queen of Cheese’

'Queen of Cheese' Debbie Grindrod.
'Queen of Cheese' Debbie Grindrod.
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It was a record breaking Silver Jubilee celebration to mark a major milestone for the ‘Queen of Cheese.’

Bosses at Cryer and Stott Cheesemongers wanted to stage a memorable event to mark employee Debbie Grindrod’s 25 years service with the company.

So they came up with a plan to create a brand new Guinness World Record for the highest cheese stack.

Debbie, 51, of Thornes, Wakefield, agreed to churn her hand to Caerphilly stacking cheese at Cryer and Stott’s Samuel Valentine Urban Food Hall at Allerton Bywater, Castleford, yesterday.

She used 25 different cheeses ranging from small 200 gramme chunks to weighty 26 kilo blocks.

The cheese tower included dairy products worth a whopping total of £2,500.

And she managed to create a 1.3m high cheese tower, which could be set to earn a place in the record books.

Grandmother-of-two Debbie started working part time at the Cryer and Stott stall in wakefield market 25 years ago.

She is now part of the management team and has helped develop a selection of local and artisan cheeses including Ruby Gold, which is made from ewes’ milk and Wakefield’s forced rhubarb.

Last year Debbie was busy supplying 12 tonnes of cheese & fine foods for athletes at ther London 2012 Olympics.

Debbie said: “The cheese stack looks amazing and we have decorated it with flowers. It’s a great way to remember my 25th anniversary of working at the company.”

She added: “I’m passionate about cheese. I want to try all the new different cheeses that come out.

“I will never retire from cheese. They will be carrying me out of here in a cheesebox.”

Jemma Flowers, Cryer and Stott’s business development manager, said: “Debbie is very much regarded as ‘The Queen Of Cheese’ – building cheese wedding cakes that are like a work of art for loving brides or advising award winning chefs on their cheese selections.”

She added: “Debbie started her Cryer & Stott career working part time at Wakefield Market with Alan Stott, son of the founder of the business. Debbie really developed in her skills & knowledge 15 years ago when now owners of Cryer & Stott Richard & Clare took over.

“She evolved & grew in her career as Cryer & Stott subsequently bought a further two shops.”

Gareth Harris of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

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