Leeds restaurant chef prepares for cheese fest

FROMAGE FUN: Greg Lewis is caer-philly creating a cheese feast at Pintura Kitchen.
FROMAGE FUN: Greg Lewis is caer-philly creating a cheese feast at Pintura Kitchen.
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One of the coolest bars in the Trinity is going cheesy for a week.

But this will be the ultimate for fans of the fromage as Pintura serves up more than your average after dinner cheddar and crackers in a special week long event.

It starts on Monday with cheese-related daily specials and artisan cheeseboards for a fiver all week.

And on Wednesday, the Spanish style restaurant will host its first cheese and wine ‘brie-lliant’ seven course feast with each round being paired with a wine.

It includes ‘smoked Idiazabal fondue with cheese straws, Basque ‘Rarebit’ with Son Mercer de Baix Mahon, Chorizo Iberico, Lea Perrins and brioche and traditional basque cheesecake with boozy fruit and turron crumbs.

The wines are from the Chivite Family Estates which has been producing wine for 11 generations, having been established in the town of Cintruénigo in 1637.

The cheese dinner is going to be the first in a series of monthly Autumn wine tasting dinners hosted by Pintura’s executive chef Greg Lewis in partnership with some of the most illustrious wine producers in the world.

He said: “We’re really excited to launch a week dedicated to one of my favourite ingredients.

“Cheeses such as cheddar and brie are staple favourites but we hope we can introduce cheese-lovers to some lesser-known and interesting artisan cheeses from Spain.

“My menu is completely new with one-off dishes that aren’t usually on the menu created and cooked by me.

“Guests will also come away having had a bit of fun learning about the different wines to pair with cheeses too.”

In October there will be a Kiwi inspired menu with New Zealand wine and in November a sherry pairing dinner.