PLYMOUTH, Wis., April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sartori Cheese is proud to announce that Master Cheesemaker Mark Gustafson has received his second Master certification, specializing in Fontina and Romano cheese. In 2010, Gustafson was the youngest licensed cheesemaker ever to complete the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program, in which he mastered in Parmesan and Asiago cheese.
Mark is a valued team member at Sartori and has been making cheese since 1995 and became a licensed cheesemaker in 1997. It was then he knew one day he'd enter the Master Cheesemaker program. The program is an advanced three year education program for experienced cheesemakers. In order to apply for entry, one must have a minimum of 10 years as a licensed cheesemaker and be making the variety they wish to be certified in for a minimum of 5 years. "The program is rigorous. There's a three year apprenticeship along with a written test," stated Gustafson. "The exam is intense. You have to know all aspects of cheesemaking including sanitation and regulatory requirements."
Gustafson is one of four Master Cheesemakers at Sartori and one of only 59 in the country. "We're very proud of the determination we've seen from Mark throughout the years; you can see that cheesemaking truly is his passion," stated 3rd generation owner and CEO, Jim Sartori. "We're proud to have Mark as part of the team at Sartori. It's people like him that contribute day in and day out to the success of Sartori cheese."
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Sartori has been producing artisan and premium cheese for seven decades for Specialty, Retail, Ingredient, Restaurant and Food Service markets. Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Sartori has an impressive array of award winning cheese noted for innovative approaches and consistent top quality across their entire line. For more information, please visit www.sartoricheese.com or call us directly at 800-558-5888.
SOURCE Sartori Cheese