Alexander Kast

2012 Official Conference Cheesemonger

Alexander grew up in a very food-oriented German-American family in Michigan, his father being the son of three generations of butchers in Schweinfurt, Germany. Alexander’s love for food started at a young age, where the family dinner was a very important part of the day. Members of Alexander’s family were restaurateurs and held positions at local food purveyors such as American Spoon Foods, Zingerman’s Deli and the London Chop House.

Though food was always important, Alexander first fell in love with cheese when visiting his sister and brother-in-law David Lockwood in London at Neal’s Yard Dairy.  The distinct earthy aroma’s of cloth-bound cheese permeated their apartment above the current Borough market shop, embedding a sensory memory that he holds dear to this day.

In 2005 he started his first cheesemonger position at Saxelby Cheese, where he learned about the amazing, burgeoning world of farmstead American cheese. Afterward he worked at the Bedford Cheese Shop in Brooklyn under the guiding eye of Charlotte Kaimin and finished a six month training at Neal’s Yard Dairy. In 2010 he was awarded the John Crompton Memorial Scholarship for Retailers from the American Cheese Society.

While serving as an Official Conference Cheesemonger, Alexander was Cheese Purchaser at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC. He now works for Goat Lady Dairy in Climax, NC. He is also working on crafting his own cheese consulting and events company, KastHuis LLC.