June 26, 2023

Guilde Internationale des Fromagers Confrerie de Saint-Uguzon Paris, France Recognizes Cheese Professionals

NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 26, 2023) – Roland Barthelemy, President of Guilde Internationale des Fromagers traveled from France to recognize and induct ten cheese professionals, elevate one and honor two from the United States and France on June 26, 2023 in New York City, NY during the 616th Chapter Induction during a ceremony at The French Cheese Board in NYC.  The individuals inducted are considered not only experts in the making of cheese, but also experts in the production, maturation and preservation of standards, quality and education of fine cheese.

Included are the finest cheese makers, cheese mongers, affineurs, distributors and retailers, all part of a group of dedicated culinary experts receiving the high honor.  Ten individuals were recognized at the level of Garde et Jure of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers, one at Prud’homme and two recognized with special honor.  Inductees of the Garde et Jure level included: Sheila Flanagan – Nettle Meadow Farm and Artisan Cheese, Thuman, NY, Jim Basta – Mifroma, Veradale, WA,  Angelique Hollister –  U. S. Dairy Export Council, Centreville, VA, Lori Nelson – CostCO, Livermore,  CA, Hal Corral – Albertson’s, Boise, ID, Scott Holbrook – JOH, Falmouth, MA, Kimberly Conroy – Trader Joe’s, Milton, MA, Daniel Snyder – EMMI Roth Inc., Oradell, NJ, Shahe Manoukian –  Whole Foods Market, Austin, TX and Diane Stemple – 3D Cheese, Brooklyn, NY.  The Prud’homme level recognition for education was awarded to Michele Buster – Forever Cheese, New York City, NY.   Special honor was awarded to Philippe Surget – President of the Lactalis American Group, New York City, NY and with recognition for his contributions to the industry, Daniel Delahaye – President Isigny Ste. Mere.  This induction celebrates the 21st Anniversary of the first induction held in the United States and the 11th Anniversary of this chapter which consists of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States members.

The event sponsored by Lactalis American Group and CNIEL | The French Cheese Board and was held at the amazing location of The French Cheese Board in New York City.  Following a 50 plus year tradition of pomp, the ceremony is complete with robes and a presentation of medals and certificates. Internationally renowned cheese expert and Prevot of the International Guilde, Mr. Roland Barthélemy, mastered the ceremonies and Cathy Strange, President of the Chapter representing Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States Guilde and VP of Whole Foods Market, presented further remarks.  The ceremony celebrated the Chapter of the Guilde 11th Anniversary and the contributions of all members. The Chapter Board includes President Cathy Strange of Whole Foods Market, USA, Vice President and Treasurer David Gremmels of Roguer Creamery and Savencia USA, Ambassador’s Stephanie Ciano of World’s Best Cheese, USA, Yannick Achim of Yannick Fromagerie, Quebec, Canada and Will Studd of Will Studd Cheese, Australia.

Mr. Pierre Androuët, a cheese maker, created the Guilde des Fromagers and Confrerie of Saint-Uguzon in 1969 in Dijon, France epicurean and intellectual. The Guilde, for dairy professionals who were dedicated to preserving standards in cheese making throughout the world, and the Confrerie, for cheese aficionados and experts such as chefs, restaurateurs, food scientists and food journalists whose objective was to share their knowledge and the knowledge of the cheese makers.

We invite all cheesemongers around the world to celebrate International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day on October 21st of 2023.  For further information:

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Cathy Strange, Whole Foods Market, – Vice President of Specialty, Product Development and Innovation Austin, Texas
United States of American
Ambassador Guilde Internationale des Fromagers
+1.512.542.0848 cathy.strange@wholefoods.com

David Gremmels, President, Rogue Creamery, Central Point, Oregon
United States of America
Ambassador Guilde Internationale des Fromagers
+1.541.601.7758 dlgremmels@gmail.com

Stephanie Ciano, World’s Best Cheese Boston, MA
United States of America
Ambassador Guilde Internationale de Fromagers
+1.617.791.7500 stephanie@wbcheese.com

Yannick Achim, Yannick Fromagerie Quebec, Canada
Ambassador Guilde Internationale de Fromagers
+1.450. 436.8469 yannick@yannickfromagerie.ca

Will Studd, Will Studd Cheese and International Cheese Specialist/media commentator, Australia
Ambassador Guilde Internationale de Fromagers
T. +61 418.548005   E.will@studd.com.au

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