2015 Official Conference Cheesemonger
Erin started working in the food industry at a young age, but it was not until she started working with cheese that she found her passion. In 2006, she graduated with a B.A. in Food and Beverage Management from Kendall College but realized she missed working with food directly. She began working for Whole Foods Market in 2007 for a more hands-on job. In 2008, she moved to New York City to open the TriBeCa store as the coffee buyer. Within months she was brought over to the cheese department. It was after trying Tomme du Berger that Erin realized her love for cheese. Since, she has worked at the Union Square and Bowery stores in Manhattan and the Franklin store in San Francisco. In October 2014, she became Team Leader at the newest Berkeley store and continues to sling cheese behind the counter sharing her passion with customers.
Besides work, Erin has pushed herself personally to learn more about cheese. She attends festivals and conferences, like the Vermont Cheese Festival and ACS. She traveled through Western Europe visiting shops and worked a shift at Neal’s Yard Dairy. She attended a weeklong study session at the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research while preparing for the ACS CCP™ exam, which she passed in 2013. At the 2014 ACS conference, she ran the cheese sale, which was a huge success. She also participates in friendly competitions like the Cheesemonger Invitational to meet and talk cheese with fellow mongers.
About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet™” captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 88,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2014, the company had sales of more than $14 billion and currently has more than 410 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.