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Tune in for a fun and insightful episode of Cutting the Curd as Greg Blais is joined by friend and cheese expert Max McCalman. Max is a highly visible advocate for artisanal cheese production, and is renowned as one of the cheese world's living legends for his expertise, insight and passion. Max is a dedicated scholar of cheese, where he acts as consultant to the trade, judges at cheese competitions and is a frequent guest lecturer. He was America's first restaurant-based Maître Fromager. Max's work takes him across North America and Europe, speaking at conferences and festivals, and most passionately, to explore the dairies and farms that contribute to artisanal cheese making. Max has been conferred the title of Maître Fromager as designated by France's Guilde des Fromagers. This program was brought to you by Fairway Market.

"There a lot of people who still look at cheese like it's an indulgence. I eat cheese like there's no tomorrow." [04:00]

"I recommend, if you're buying cheese, that you buy less and buy often. You don't stock up - it's not that kind of experience. Buy it like you buy fish. [29:00]

--Max McCalman on Cutting the Curd


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This week on Cutting the Curd, Diane Stemple chats with Michael Paternity, author of The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese. In the fall of 1991, while working at a gourmet deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Paterniti encountered a piece of cheese. Not just any cheese. This was Paramo de Guzman, a rare Spanish queso reputed to be the finest, and most expensive, in the world. The cheese carried its own legend: Made from an ancient family recipe in the medieval Castilian village of Guzman (pop. 80), the cheese was submerged in olive oil and aged in a cave where it gained magical qualities-if you ate it, some said, you might recover long-lost memories. Too broke to actually buy the cheese, Paterniti made a quixotic vow: that he would meet this cheese again someday. Flash forward ten years, when Paterniti has finally found his way-family in tow-to that tiny hilltop village to meet the famous cheesemaker himself, a voluble, magnetic, heartbroken genius named Ambrosio. What Paterniti discovers in Guzman is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he has imagined. Instead, he wanders into-and eventually becomes deeply implicated in-the heart of an unfolding mystery, in which a village begins to spill its long-held secrets, and nothing is quite what it seems. This program was brought to you by Consider Bardwell.


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On a new episode of Cutting the Curd, hear from last year and this year's recipients of the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award. The Daphne Zepos Teaching Award is an annual scholarship awarded to a USA-based cheese professional who uses the funds to travel, learn and further their education on cheese. First, hear from Jess Perrie of Beehive Cheese Company who won the award last year. She recounts her trip to Basque country in Spain and reflects on how it inspired her to try new things in her cheesemaking. Second, hear from Emily Shartin, this year's award winner. She talks about what it means to win the award and describes her vision for her career in cheese. This program was brought to you by The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

"We're definitely thinking of new ideas at BeeHive and there will be a Basque influence for sure." [12:00]

--Jess Perrie on Cutting the Curd

"There's more and more cheesemakers popping up around the American west." [22:00]

--Emily Shartin on Cutting the Curd


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