MonS Fromager-Affineur & Susan Sturman Develop Professional Education Program in English
MonS Fromager-Affineur has snagged Susan Sturman, a key figure behind this year's inaugural cheese professional Exam, to spearhead the development of an English language cheese education training program in France. This is an expansion on the company's current Opus Caseus training program, which we've heard about first hand from our blogger Taryn:
MonS Fromager-Affineur is proud to announce that Susan Sturman has been chosen to partner with them to develop English-language education and training programs for the global community of cheese professionals. Since 2001 brothers Laurent and Hervé Mons have drawn on 50 years’ family experience as cheesemongers, distributors and affineurs to train fellow French cheese professionals through their educational unit, Opus Caseus Concept. Now this rich curriculum will be offered to anglophones taught in tandem by both Laurent and American Susan Sturman through MonS' new sister entity Academie Opus Caseus.
Sturman brings more than 20 years’ experience in cheese education, most recently as Committee Chair to develop the American Cheese Society’s Certified Cheese Professional Exam ™ which debuted with 150 candidates on August 1.
Sturman began her work with cheese in the 1990s teaching cheese classes as part of her role of Assistant Director at the Ritz-Escoffier Ecole de Gastronomie Française, at the Paris Ritz. She lived in Paris for 6 years, eventually creating her own catering company in Paris. Upon repatriating in 1998 she continued teaching cheese in the US through the first decade of this century in New York at places like Murray’s Cheese, Sur La Table, and Agata & Valentina, and for private, nonprofit, and corporate clients such as Citibank Smith-Barney and Merrill Lynch.
In addition to developing the ACS Certification exam program, she has been a frequent ACS presenter. Her articles have been published in Cheese Connoisseur and Deli Business. Inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers in Montreal in 2011, Sturman is a graduate of the Ecole Ritz-Escoffier and holds a BS in Public Relations from Boston University’s College of Communications.