Jeff Jirik


Bio: Jeff is a licensed Wisconsin Cheesemaker with a broad background in science, food and business management. He founded Caves of Faribault, artisanal makers of world champion Gorgonzola and blue cheese, in 2001. He has served on a number of boards including North Central Cheese Industry Association.  He is a member of WCMA, WSCI, Slow Food and ACF.  Jeff has been active in ACS since 2001; from presenting on panels to serving on the newsletter committee to helping set up for the Festival of Cheese!

Statement of Intent: If elected, I would focus my efforts on preserving the right to responsibly make aged cheeses from raw milk while ensuring that all cheesemakers are properly trained and qualified in current food safety systems before presenting products to the public market.  I am also interested in cheesemaker education from milk selection to affinage.