We all hear stories of people who have had enough of the rat race, tire of nine-to-five office jobs or are just fed up with their current career and want to do something they love. But while it’s easy to daydream about, packing in the day job to work in an entirely new industry is a pretty nerve-racking life choice.
As a nation of foodies, working in food and drink is naturally one of the most wished-for career changes in the country. After a lifetime of eating his way around the cheese shops of Britain, Philip Wilton decided the life of a management consultant wasn’t for him, and he now runs the award-winning Wildes Cheese in Tottenham.
‘I just wanted to do something where you have something real at the end of all your work,’ says Philip. ‘I basically put myself in the firing line and was made redundant, and was lucky enough to get some money. Me and my partner decided to start up a cheese company and were wondering about where in the countryside to relocate to from Tottenham. During this I had started learning how to make cheese at Reaseheath College up near Nantwich, and was getting to grips with the science behind the process.’