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Will Studd is an Australian cheese specialist. Studd has been working with artisan and farmhouse cheeses for more than three decades, and has traveled extensively in his vocation. After establishing a chain of delicatessens in central London during the 1970s, he migrated to Melbourne, Australia, in 1981, where he has done much to promote a greater understanding of specialist cheese as well as championing the cause of traditional cheese made from raw milk.
The Roquefort case
In January 2002, Studd challenged minor changes to Australian food regulations relating to raw milk cheese by importing 80 kilograms of Roquefort as a test case.
After the Imported Food Inspection Program (IFIP) refused to test the cheese for compliance, Studd appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. It took 21 months before the court reached a decision, but during the delay Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) changed the dairy regulations to allow the production and sale of hard cooked cheeses made from raw milk. (Amendment P 296)
The court upheld the ban on Roquefort and it was subsequently buried in a public tip. Two years later FSANZ also granted a special exemption for the sale of Roquefort in Australia (Amendment A 499) after an 11-year ban.
Studd lodged applications with FSANZ for similar exemptions for the production and sale of all European raw milk cheese in 2004 (A530/5310). After a delay of five years FSANZ finally announced a review of the domestic regulations on the production and sale of raw milk cheese in Australia in 2009 (P1007)
In 2008, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) allowed the sale of Roquefort on the basis of the Australian report (A499). The following year they announced proposals to change the regulations on the production and sale of raw milk cheese in New Zealand, and proposals to recognise European regulations for some cheese types.
2000 – Ambassadeur/Maitre Fromager - Guilde des Fromagers
2002 – Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite Agricole by the French Ministry of Agriculture
2009 – Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite Agricole by the French Ministry of Agriculture
Studd has published two books, Chalk and Cheese (1999) and Cheese Slices (2007), both of which have been recognized by cheese specialists around the world as valuable guides to understanding cheese.
Studd is the host and executive producer of Cheese Slices. He is currently up to Series 7 of the TV Show.
This international TV series explores the fascinating history, skills and traditions behind some of the world’s most significant traditional cheeses. The 31 episodes have been shown in many countries including the Lifestyle Food Channel in Australia and are also available on a series of four DVDs.
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