This post comes with a warning; quite simply the following 1000-ish words are an ode to cheese, actual awesome melty, gooey, cheese goodness!
This fab shot is from foodie blogger Diane
I love cheese, everything about it, its ability to cheer any mood, liven any party and most of all make everything in the world taste just that bit more awesome. I cannot begin to tell you the joy a the waft of a grilled cheese brings to my life, so imagine my delight when they wonderful team at Leeds Trinity, and its spectacular foodie hall Trinity Kitchen, got in touch to offer me a behind the scenes chat and tasting session with the two guys who created The Cheese Truck.
Imagine my delight when I arrived to find Nick & Vicki from Homage 2 Fromage were also there for the cheese-fest, if you love cheese and haven’t heard of these guys shame on you! I will be sharing epic amounts of love for them in the next few weeks so pop back for that, in the mean time you can find out all about them here. Also in attendance was Fay from Foodie Fables a true foodie and woman after my own heart!
After some obligatory catching up the man of the hour Matthew came over to immerse us in his cheese world, and boy did he. I cannot begin to tell you what utter immeasurable joy I get from being in the presence of truly passionate people, no matter what the subject is, passion is infectious and Matthew has buckets of the stuff!
The idea of the truck is simple, showcase awesome cheese, not just cheddar but all sorts, paired to perfection with other equally delicious ingredients and all jam packed between two slices of mouthwateringly sensational sourdough bread. The idea came to Matthew as he travelled around America, witnessing their love for the street food movement and vast smorgasbord of cheese on offer. Having worked in festival catering for some years and with an old ice-cream van waiting at home (you know as you do!) and with friend Alex on the grill, The Cheese Truck was born in 2013.
First up on the menu was a classic, Keen’s Cheddar & Ogleshield from Montgomery’s with thinly sliced red onions, melted to perfection between two slices of thick cut bread. I could wax lyrical about all the reasons melted cheese is the greatest thing in the world, made all the better when its a mix of melted cheese goodness with sharp red onions and dense crispy bread, the gooey oozy cheese to bread ratio was a magical thing.
Next up was a little more adventurous and a side step away from the classics, this time a Mexican twist, with Queso Chihuahua from Gringa Dairy, made by Illinois native Kristen, in an archway dairy in Peckham. Queso Chihuahua is the perfect melting cheese, similar in texture to Monterey Jack, but with a light sharp tang which was complimented to perfection by the chunks of chorizo and slivers of rocket that it shared bread space with.
For the penultimate grilled cheese we take the brave step towards Stilton, Cropwell Bishop to be precise, my god this is the closest to heaven I think my mouth has ever been, it’s creamy light yet bold flavour crumbled beautifully into the thick cuts of salty smoked bacon, and topped of majestically by a spiced pear chutney. It was without doubt a tremendous trio of flavours, and I won’t lie to you I went back for seconds on this one. Word to the wise, never get between me and blue cheese! So much so that I didn’t manage to get a artsy looking pic, so you’ll have to excuse my mitt in the pic!
Devastatingly we move onto the final grilled cheese, and without doubt the boys saved the best for last, a taste sensation of truly epic proportions. It went a little like this Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese, honey & walnuts in the same bread but this time it was glazed with Rosemary butter, GOOD LORD! Seriously, I cannot even cope with all the love I have for this sandwich, the balance of flavours and textures, the sharp goats cheese, the crunch of the walnuts and the warm honey blended with the rosemary, holy moly this is the God of Grilled Cheese (official Awkward Magazine Award). Now I wouldn’t like to pick favourites, but if you do nothing else in the next 24 days, you MUST go and eat one of these!
The meal was topped off in style with a dark chocolate, Stilton and walnut, who knew those three would make such a moorish delight! The perfect end to the most perfect meal.
If you ain’t lucky enough to live in or around Leeds, then you can find The Cheese Truck in its usual haunt, London’s Maltby Street Market on a Saturday & Sunday, the boys will also be at Glastonbury and Wilderness Festival this summer, so really there is no excuse to go through life any longer without one of their grilled cheeses.
The concept is so simple, it’s all about promoting brilliant cheese, and educating people on the wonder of cheese one grilled sandwich at a time!
Also if you love Mac & Cheese (I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t) then you should know that The Cheese Truck’s advice is 65% cheese as a minimum, now thats my kind of ratio!
Let me know if you go, I want to see pictures!