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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 June, 2003, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
Web biscuit buff turns top critic
Biscuit buff
Stuart Payne has the pick of the packets from across the world
A father of two has become one of the world's most sought-after biscuit critics after setting up a website devoted to a great British snack.

Stuart Payne, 39, a website developer from Cambridge, began his site as a light-hearted way of expressing his love of a biscuit.

BBC News Online reported on his unusual hobby at the beginning of the month. Now the site is getting 4,000 visitors a day and manufacturers from around the world are inundating Mr Payne with samples hoping for a favourable review.

The central feature of the site is a "biscuit of the week" review.

"I've started getting biscuits from all over the world, New Zealand, South Africa, Finland, from people who want my opinion," said Mr Payne.

It's a very British thing and if it's something the site can help to preserve, then I'll be happy
Stuart Payne

"I get them from UK manufacturers as well. I probably get a packet a week from somewhere.

"It is nice that people take the time to send them."

"Everything I write is done in an affectionate way. I'm an enthusiast not an expert.

"But I don't think there are many critics around devoted to biscuits at this level.

"I've always loved biscuits. I grew up in the sort of house where we always had a couple of packets of biscuits.

"It's a very British thing and if it's something the site can help to preserve, then I'll be happy."

His answer to the dunking dilemma is "don't".

"I used to when I was a student but now, in polite company, I wouldn't dunk."


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