Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program Celebrates 25th anniversary

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- (Press Release)
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program, honoring a quarter-century of cheesemaking excellence in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Program® is the most rigorous, advanced training program for licensed cheesemakers, and the only one of its kind outside Europe.

This summer elevate your meals with proven winners and feature Wisconsin Cheese crafted by a Master Cheesemaker! Since the program's inception, cheeses made by a Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® have earned a distinctive "Master's Mark." This logo signified that experience, technical expertise and artistry went into making that cheese, and that it was from the only place in America where cheesemakers could become true Masters of their craft - Wisconsin.

In honor of the program's 25th anniversary, the "Master's Mark" is getting a new look. From now on, every Master Cheesemaker will have their own personalized "Master's Mark," featuring a hand-drawn sketch and signature of the Master Cheesemaker who made the cheese. This mark, alongside the Proudly Wisconsin Cheese™ logo, shares the story of the individual cheesemaker and highlights the specialty nature and true artisanship that can only come from cheeses made in Wisconsin.

The Master Cheesemaker Mark tells you that experience, technical expertise and artistry went into making that cheese. It means you've chosen the best cheese from the only place in America where cheese makers can become true Masters of their craft - Wisconsin.

Requirements for the distinguished Master Cheesemaker status:
Participants must be active, licensed Wisconsin cheesemakers with at least 10 years' experience working at a plant that participates in the Quality Assurance Program.
Made the cheese variety for which they seek certification for at least five years.
Complete required courses in cheese technology, artisanship, grading and quality assurance.
Complete elective courses that range from applied dairy chemistry, to water and waste management, to whey and whey utilization.
Participate in a three-year apprenticeship during which time he or she must submit samples of cheese for evaluation of quality and consistency.
Pass a rigorous final written examination.

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