Elliott started his working life selling doughnuts on the beaches of Montpelier and over the next 10 years worked his way through an eclectic list of jobs including bike courier, rum trader in the French Caribbean and wooden boat builder.
When, through a friend, he started selling cheese at Borough Market it sparked an interest that wouldn’t go away. So did the girl on the stall next door…
Alison spent six years working in Italy as a guide on gastronomic walking tours of the country.
On her return to England she moved to London to work as a manager for Sally Clarke’s food shop in Kensington and then for a small Italian food importer at Borough Market.
After their meeting at Borough Market, Alison and Elliott created first The Parmesan Cheese Company and consequently The Ham and Cheese Company. From their railway arch in Bermondsey they now supply many of central London’s best known restaurants and food shops.
Archy Kimpton is one of Elliott’s longest suffering friends. They met at Manchester University.
Now on a Saturday you can find him selling Basque salami at Maltby Street Market. The rest of the week he is a busy father to Otis and Matylda and a freelance writer of comedy scripts and children’s books.
This fetching photo sees him scrubbed up and ready for a trip round Pierre Oteiza’s curing rooms.