60 Seconds With…Conor Daunt, Commercial Director, Dewlay Cheesemakers

FDMB are paying – where would you like to go for a meal?  

If you will pay the air fareone of my favourite restaurants in the world is Rowley’s Bistro in Dublin. It‘s where I got engaged. Delicious food, beautiful surroundings and great value! 

Who would be your ideal dinner party guests?  

Jeremy Paxman (a chance to get to know him without having the fear of being interviewed on TV), Hugh Dennis (one of my favourite comedians), Nick Faldo (one of my childhood sporting heroes) & Noel Gallagher from Oasis   

What is your desert island disc?  

Easy! “The Joshua Tree” by U2 – the first album I ever bought, on cassette in 1987. I saved up for weeks and ran the whole way home to play it. I eventually wore it out! 

What is your favourite film?  

Love Actually – brilliantly made and a great cast. Brings laughs and tears in equal measure!  

What is the one thing you couldn’t manage without?  

My i-phone!  A vital tool with so many uses – most of which I haven’t worked out yet!   

What is your favourite holiday destination?  

Rural Normandy, France. We go there as a family every year, beautiful scenery, always nice weather, amazing people, nice relaxed way of life… love it! 

How do you relax?  

I love walking with the family and our dog, Penny, is always ready for a short trek. We are lucky in Lancashire to have so many beautiful walks all around us! 

What is the best piece of advice you have been given in life?   

Always tell the truth, even if it gets you in trouble.  

And what is the best piece of advice you have been given in business?  

Give the customer what they want! 

What do you think is the best thing about working in the food sector?  

Seeing a product on the shelves after months of work to get it there in the right format, at the right price to our target market is extremely rewarding! 

And what is the worst thing about working in the food sector?  

Sometimes it can take a lot longer than expected to get things over the line, which can be frustrating 

And finally, what is your favourite Dewlay cheese?   

That’s a bit like asking which is my favourite child! I must admit to being very fond of one of our most recent additions to the Dewlay cheese family “Nicky Nook” Blue cheese – named after the beauty spot near Scorton. The cheese has a beautifully mild mellow, yet indulgent flavour profile, and what a memorable name!