By Sally McGlew
WITH a surname that sounds like the name for an imported aged cheddar, Hayden Brokenshire, and his partner Rachel Hunt, may have discovered their true calling with their imported and local cheeses in a new shop in Kalamunda.
Originating at the Kalamunda Farmers Market, the former stall has grown into a fully-fledged retail outlet with a loyal regular customer base.
His cheese loving customers travel from as far as Mandurah and Joondalup to secure a Norwegian caramelised goat’s cheese or a Spanish Manchego Diablo along with their other popular Dutch honey washed goat’s cheese and whey.
“Cheese is something that everyone across Perth loves,” Mr Brokenshire said.
“My parents noticed a premises in Kalamunda for rent recently and we were able to move here and we have now been open for six weeks.”
Mr Brokenshire and his partner work in the business with his parents, Paul and Sabine Brokenshire.
Mr Brokenshire orders the international cheeses from importers in Melbourne and Sydney and many cheeses on offer are also local.
“We stock cheese from Holland, Spain, France, Italy, Norway and of course WA.
“Customers come in and say we were in a village 20 years ago and tasted this cheese can you get it in for us, and we try to meet the demand,” he said.
However even if you want to try the Norwegian caramelised goat’s cheese, this year’s pre-order is sold-out.
Instead though, Mr Brokenshire can recommend the English Somerset Cheddar, Smoked Spanish cheeses, the origin protected Dorset Drum and Cremeux d’Argental from France is his most popular soft cheese.
The Cheese Shop also sells locally made bread, home-made relishes and jams and quince pastes. Customers can bring their own wine to accompany cheese tasting and there is no corkage.