This cheddar enhances performance

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: First posted on January 23, 2010

Generally, I would not post commercials for cheese but this one for Nolan’s Cheese is worth sharing. Click here to view it. Make sure you have the volume turned up. Watch it to the conclusion before reading further.

In case it did not dawn on you, the commercial is faux. There is no such cheese as Nolan’s and no animals were harmed in the production of the short film.

The film-maker is John Nolan, at the leading edge of animatronics, whose work has been utilized in Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, and Clash of Titans.

He trained a mouse for the opening shots, then built a robotic mouse for the rest.


Georgs Kolesnikovs, Cheese-Head-in-Chief at, is the founder of Canadian Cheese Awards and The Great Canadian Cheese Festival.

You’re becoming a true caseophile when . . . Part 2

Vacherin Mont d'Or: The true meaning of Christmas?
Vacherin Mont d’Or: The true meaning of Christmas?

By Perry Manti

You know you’re becoming a true caseophile when . . .

. . . on your next vacation to London, you plan on ditching your wife at the British Museum while you check Neal’s Yard Dairy.

. . . your Grade Four students are more familiar with Avonlea Cheddar than with Anne of Green Gables.

. . . your students can’t find Istanbul on a map, but they know exactly where Epoisses comes from.

. . . at staff meetings, your teaching colleagues are far more interested in the cheese boards you bring than what the Principal has to say.

. . . if given a choice between a kilogram of Beaufort and a date with Halle Barry, you’d definitely go for the cheese.

. . . for you, the true meaning of Christmas involves Vacherin Mont d’Or.

. . . on Christmas morning, your spouse has to explain to you that buttons of Crottin de Chavignol do not make good stocking stuffers.

. . . the screen saver on your computer is a picture of a cheese cart.

. . . you realize that 90% of the time, the person working behind the cheese counter knows less about cheese than you do.

. . .  you suffered serious emotional trauma when Fifth Town shut down production.

Perry Manti, a teacher by profession, was in the first graduating class of the Professional Fromager program at George Brown College in Toronto. His first humorous essay on the meaning of being a caseophile appeared on last week.