Are you a Cheese Wiz? Exam Puts Cheese Smarts to the Test.
Earlier today aspiring aficionados took the first ever Certified Cheese Professional Exam at the American Cheese Society conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Needless to say, examinees are holding their breath while the results are being determined. Check out this morning's Wall Street Journal article about the test:
Test-takers aren't allowed to bring Camembert, much less munch on it, but are allowed to use calculators. During a preparatory webinar in May, the ACS provided five sample questions, including one with old-fashioned arithmetic: "How many ounces of fat are there in a 1-pound cheese of 65% moisture content and 70% fat in dry matter?" (3.92 ounces.)
"I don't think I ever had a question like that in any of my math classes," said Elena Santogade, the lead cheesemonger at Beecher's Handmade Cheese in New York.