November 20, 2009

My Most Favorite Job: "Master of Cheese"

One of the most specialized jobs in the world is being a Maître Fromager (mate-trah fro-maj). That’s French for “Cheese Master.” It's not what you think; the Maître Fromager doesn't order the cheese around. Rather, he or she is in charge of tasting and testing different cheeses to judge their quality.

But it’s a dangerous job. Cheese elbow is a common injury the Maître Fromager can get from cutting pieces of different cheeses over and over again every day. (Insert your own "cutting the cheese" joke here.) Anyway, you can imagine how pleased I was to see that the new book Mastering Cheese is written by a duo of Cheese Masters. (So if you're looking for a holiday gift...)

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