cheese journeys/TEACHER - chris george
Chris’s love for cheese saw him begin working for acclaimed British cheesemongers Neal’s Yard Dairy (NYD) in 1995. His work there included retail, cheese maturation, wholesale and export. In 2004 Chris established NYD’s tastings and education programme, which he ran until he left NYD in 2011. His work included weekly training for members of the food industry, tours of the NYD maturing rooms in Bermondsey, London and public events, as well as visiting cheese producers in Europe and further afield.
He is also an experienced teacher, having worked with a wide variety of institutions including The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire, Rick Stein's Cookery School in Cornwall, The San Francisco Cheese School in California, Murray's Cheese Shop in Manhattan and The Bedford Cheese Shop in Brooklyn, New York.
Chris has considerable TV and radio experience, has given talks at major food festivals and judged at the British Cheese Awards, the World Cheese Awards, The World Cheese Contest and The Great Yorkshire Show. He was part of the two-man Great Britain team at the inaugural Caseus Awards in Lyon, 2005 and is also a contributing writer for Oxford University Press's forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese.
Chris has also earned his Adanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits through the WSET and Concise Certificate in Brewing Technology from the Siebel Institue, Chicago. Currently based in America, he is teaching himself how to brew beer, worked for Beer Table at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, teaches cheese and beverage classes both privately and for Murray’s Cheese, gives support with NYD's U.S. export department and manages the cheese program for Mekelberg's in Brooklyn, New York.
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