On Becoming a Cheesemonger
Jeanne Carpenter has been a cheese geek for many years, but has just recently started her journey as an official cheesemonger. She now works 3 days a week at a local specialty foods store, in order to gain enough work experience to qualify for the Certified Cheese Professional Exam. Read all about her experience below.
The upside: I get to open, cut, wrap and talk about 500 different cheeses with hundreds of customers a day, giving me WAY more respect for every cheesemonger whose job I thought I knew. My co-workers think I've lost my mind when the overhead announcement stating a pallet of cheese has arrived results in me jumping up and down like a kid on Christmas morning with a pile of presents under the tree.
Photo by Jeanne Carpenter