I love eating cheese, but I love talking to people about cheese even more. I graduated from Chef School in 2005 and in 2008 I joined Provincial Fine Foods as their Sales Director. My true love affair with cheese began. Working for a successful distributor of Canadian Artisanal cheese was the best schooling available. I had the opportunity to work with retailers such as McEwan Fine Foods, Pusateri’s Fine Foods, Loblaws and many more. I have met the cheese makers, executed cheese tastings, and educated people about cheese. What a thrill! Over the past few years I have travelled to Italy to witness Parmigiano- Reggiano being made. I have also seen the huge caves that house Gruyere in Switzerland and frolicked with the sheep in New Zealand.
Each trip has opened my eyes to the importance of cheese in the world. I am happy to be doing what I love to do…eating cheese, talking cheese, dreaming cheese…
Johanne Durocher is a writer and producer with a weakness for food, fashion and disco dancing. She writes and manages Fashion in Motion where her excitement about fashion brings together Canadian and international trend-spotting mixed with vintage and her instructional how-to take on dressing. Johanne is also a researcher at the CBC and a guest contributor to White Cabana, and in her spare time likes to cruise Ontario’s lakes with a paddle in hand and smoked trout in her picnic basket. Her fondest glamping meals include fresh herring on the campfire at Bon Echo and foie gras on baguette at Sand Banks. The 2013 season brings much promise; to be continued.
Kelsie Parsons worked as a cheesemonger for Cheese of Canada and About Cheese in Toronto and his photos of Canadian Cheese are featured in Juliet Harbutt’s World Cheese Book. He earned his Cheesemaking Certificate from the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese and has since apprenticed at Monforte Dairy. Kelsie is the Cheese Manager at Sobeys Ira Needles in Kitchener and is currently writing a book about Canadian cheese. When he’s not eating or writing about cheese, Kelsie may be found rollerskating, eating ice cream or drinking coffee.