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WI Dairy News: Passing the artisanal cheese test

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MADISON (WKOW) – For the second year, the American Cheese Society has held a rigorous exam to certify cheese professionals.

In order to become a Certified Cheese Professional, students must pass an exam that lasts about three to four hours.

Max McCalman, Maitre Fromager, says, "When we were developing the certification over the past decade, we chose subject matter, experts, cheese makers, importers, distributors, and restaurateurs that had some experience to help develop this exam, with references to back it up."

About 172 people took the exam at the ACS conference in Madison; only 132 passed and received certification.

Certified Cheese Professionals with an extensive knowledge of cheese are becoming more important with the increase in artisan and specialty cheeses, especially in Wisconsin.  Many professionals share how to use these cheeses and what to pair the cheese with on the table.

McCalman says cheese professionals benefit consumers in addition to the cheese makers because the consumer gets to know where the cheese comes from, that it is handled with care and that it is well described.

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