HOLLYOAKS star John Pickard acted as a judge of the Cheese Lovers’ Trophy at the show.
John, who plays Dominic Reilly in the Chester-based soap, chatted with fans and helped out on the large Cathedral City stand, before speaking enthusiastically to the Chronicle about the range of different cheeses he had tasted.
He said: “I’ve had a really fantastic day. I’ve tasted a number of different cheeses and spoken to a lot of people. I’ve never realised how much love goes into cheese, it’s like nostalgia. Everyone’s got some cheese in their fridge.”
John, whose friendly manner reflects his on-screen character, took his role as judge very seriously.
He explained: “It was a blind taste test. I sampled 46 cheeses and I went completely on how it tasted. Only the best cheese survived! I’m happy to say that Cathedral City came fourth.”
The winning cheese was Cornish Yarg, made by the Cornwall-based company Linher Dairies, which John described as being ‘really soft and delicious’.
Speaking of his acting career, John, 32, promises his impending exit from Hollyoaks will include ‘big explosions, murder and a prison sentence’.
“It’s going to be a huge storyline,” he said. “And with my character going to prison there’s always the chance of him coming back.
“Hollyoaks has been like a family to me, and I’ve learnt a lot from it. But I’m going into my 23rd year of acting and I’d like to do some film work, as well as the writing I’m doing at the moment.”