Japanese Cheese Trailblazer - Shibata Chiyo
In rural Chiba Prefecture, Shibata Chiyo runs a pioneering cheeseworks out of a 120-year-old farmhouse. Her focus is 100% local fermented cheeses, and just three years after launching in 2014, she became the first female cheesemaker to win a prestigious award from Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, before going on to place third out of 3,804 entries in the 2019 World Cheese Awards. This time on FRONTRUNNERS, we follow a cheesemaker with a uniquely Japanese approach to fromage and sustainability.
Discerning cheese which Shibata made
Children learning how to make cheese from Shibata
Shibata being interviewed by an American documentary film
Customers at Shibata's Cheese Factory