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Richard Sutton quit the world of banking in 2001 and, armed with a lifelong love of cheese, moved to London and managed Paxton & Whitfield, a 200-year-old cheese shop on Jermyn Street. In 2006 he and his wife, Danielle, returned to the U.S.. and opened the St. James Cheese Company, a grand retail shop in uptown New Orleans filled with Richard’s selection of artisanal cheeses from around the world. Photo by Kristy May

cheese plate of stinky washed rind cheeses

What Makes Stinky Cheese Stinky?

Three cheeses are typically viewed as stinky—blue, bloomy-rind, and washed-rind—and each style derives its particular stink from different organisms