Posted: 16/06/2015

Pistachio & Pickle Dairy hires cheesemonger with “serious pedigree”

Jennifer Pettit Pistachio and Pickle DairyA former deli manager at Jody Scheckter’s Laverstoke Park farm shop has joined North London artisan cheese shop Pistachio & Pickle Dairy.

Jennifer Pettit, who was a runner-up in the 2013 Le Gruyère AOP Cheesemonger of the Year competition, will manage the Camden Passage-based shop, which opened 18 months ago as an offshoot of the Pistachio & Pickle Deli in Islington.

Pettit was previously a manager at the Cheddar Deli in Ealing and general manager at The Teddington Cheese.

Pistachio & Pickle’s co-founder Matt Kelly, said Pettit had “serious pedigree” and would help drive the business forward to put Pistachio & Pickle Dairy on the map, both locally and nationally.

“She joins us at an exciting time, with the sales of artisan cheeses at an all-time high,” he said. “She is uniquely positioned to fly the flag for our home-grown, British cheese, of which we are so proud. “

The cheese shop is planning to launch online sales, including a monthly cheese box, cheese hampers, and off-the-peg wedding ’cake’ cheeses to supplement its bespoke service, which Kelly said was a growing part of the business. It is also keen to work with local businesses and develop its wholesale supply to local restaurants, and is set to run a programme of tastings and meet the producer events.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for me to be getting in early on this new but growing cheese venture,” said Pettit. “We intend to splash Pistachio & Pickle Dairy all over town.”

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