Rachel Perez

2012 Official Conference Cheesemonger

Growing up with a French father, cheese was always in Rachel’s blood. Even as a child, she gave her family detailed tasting notes about the cheese plate at the dinner table.

She started working in the food business at 14, and joined the cheese world in 2006 when she took a job as a cheese monger at South End Formaggio in Boston, MA. From there she went on to work at Whole Foods Market in Cambridge, MA, London, England and New York City where she was committed to developing the line of local and farmstead cheeses. She left Whole Foods to oversee the specialty cheese program at Crystal Food Import. While serving as the 2012 Official Conference Cheesemonger, Rachel was working as the grocery buyer for Canyon Market in San Francisco.

Rachel helped receive and oversee the cheeses for the ACS Judging & Competition at the 2011 conference in Montréal, and she is now an active member of the ACS Judging & Competition Committee. She looks forward to continuing to work with the American Cheese Society by supporting and promoting the American cheese industry.