Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese
CHEESEMAKER Shep Ysselstein
You can taste the Swiss influence in the cheeses hand crafted by Shep Ysselstein, owner and cheesemaker at Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese. Shep spent a summer on a cheese-producing farm in the Swiss Alps to learn the craft when he decided to expand his family’s dairy farm into a cheese-making operation.
Since then, Shep has become a celebrated Canadian cheesemaker, and his Handeck cheese was crowned the Best Farmhouse Cheese in Canada in 2015. Handeck is a Swiss mountain style cheese made with cow’s milk. Gunn’s Hill also produces Oxford’s Harvest, a washed rind cow’s milk cheese modeled after an obscure Swiss cheese called Mutchli; and Five Brothers, a washed rind cow’s milk cheese that combines the traits of two cheeses: Gouda and Appenzeller.