Chris Wildman: an interview

An interview with Chris Wildman; butcher, farmer, retailer and all round Yorkshire food hero! Find out what Chris loves on the food scene, his ethos for his business and his recommendations on the best places to eat and shop for food!Chris wildman cheese

Brief synopsis of your career:

Chris grew up on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales to a proud butchery family, but moved away to work in the big wide world of Project Management for Local Government, and a Brand manager in the Garment Industry.  However he eventually returned back to the Dales to work as a farmer, butcher and in 2013 took over Town End Farm Shop at Airton (near Malham), he is well known as the creator of Paganum Chorizo’s – cured in the Yorkshire Dales from his own pigs!

What made you get into food?

Fifth Generation Butcher therefore was always surrounded by food growing up, seemed a logical choice!

What is your philosophy for Paganum and Town End Farm Shop?

Provenance, Local, Natural, Traditional….

When you are at home what is your staple dish for the family?

Classic British, Shepherd’s Pie, Casserole, Italian.

Do you have a guilty food pleasure when no-one else is around?

Chocolate!

What chefs / places do you admire and why?

Always liked and enjoyed The Angel at Hetton, local, quality, atmosphere.

Do you have any other hidden foodie gems you think are worth people knowing about – shops, producers or otherwise?

Loving David & Tracey from Rounton Coffee, fab little roaster and superb coffee.

Do you have a favourite cheese at the moment?   If so, why is it your favourite?

Yellison Goats cheese is a so versatile and fresh but still love my Stichelton and never without some Dale End at home.

If you had to choose a drink to go with cheese what would it be? and why?

Enjoy the odd glass of Banyuls or beer & food matching is always fun, some classic beers go well with cheese.

Do you have favourite recipe involving cheese?

Classic Mac n Cheese

Where do you look for inspiration in your business?

Tradition mainly, sometimes the forgotten dishes and skills are the best and the next “new trend”

What couldn’t you live without?

Proper Coffee machine

What is your aim for the next year?

More charcuterie products, still experimenting with the latest curing chamber!

Follow Chris on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/cwildman
Find his farm shop Town End at: http://townendfarmshop.co.uk/ and his farm meat and charcuterie sales on-line at: http://www.paganum.co.uk/
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