2013 Official Conference Cheesemonger
Originally a set designer and technical director for the theatre in Chicago, Jason moved from back stage to back of the house in 2002, earning le Cordon Bleu from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, starting in restaurants working under Chef Steve Chiappetti, then catering with Food For Thought where he began learning about cheese from CMC John Reed. In 2005, Jason joined Chicago Game & Gourmet wholesale and moved back into high-end catering until 2007, when he began work at Whole Foods Market, Deerfield, IL as a cheese buyer. While purchasing and selling more then 350 different cultured milk products daily, Jason has earned commendation for customer service and merchandising. In 2012, Jason was among the first to be awarded as an ACS Certified Cheese Professional. He looks forward to an amazing conference and honoring the cheesemakers.