Guilde Internationale des Fromagers
Nine robed, official Les Guilde Internationale members including; President Roland Barthélemy, Cathy Strange- global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market, David Gremmels, co-owner of Rogue Creamery, Louis Aird, specialty cheese director for Saputo in Canada, and Philippe Chevrollier the director of Artisan Cheese for Bongrain, recognised Claudia Bowman of ‘McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemonger’s’ outstanding contribution to the Artisan Cheese Community.
Claudia Bowman was awarded the exclusive title of ‘Garde et Jure’; protector and judge of dairy products and cheesemakers, at what was the 130th induction chapter in the guilde’s history.
The ceremony was held in Alexandria at The Simon Johnson head office and was opened by Roland Barthélemy and Cathy Strange, North American Guilde Internationale des Fromagers Ambassador.
Barthélemy defined the Guilde as being ‘Since 40yrs we are protectors of dairy products and cheesemakers’ and described the ceremony as ‘a monumental occasion’
as it was the first time in the guildes history of visiting and initiating an Australian chapter.
Other Sydney honourees in which awards were bestowed included;
The Guildes only Australian ‘Maitre Fromager’ of 25years and recently crowned ‘First vice president of North American Chapter’ Will Studd, commended Claudia for her international cheese experience ‘her tireless efforts in cheese education’ and ‘the great success of her cheese application Ask The Cheesemonger’. Studd went on to say ‘her passion knows no bounds and we are very lucky to have her as part of the guilde’. A truely top honour for Claudia to have received.
After a private ceremony earlier in the day, Studd is now joined by Simon Johnson as an Australian international ambassador of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers.
“The Guilde Internationale des Fromagers and Confrérie of Saint-Uguzon were created in 1969 in Dijon, France by Mr. Pierre Androuët, a cheese maker, epicurean and intellectual with a degree in fine arts. The Guilde is for dairy professionals who are dedicated to sharing knowledge and passion for cheese, and the Confrérie is for cheese aficionados and experts such as chefs, restaurateurs, food scientists and food journalists whose objective is to share their knowledge and the knowledge of the cheese makers.”- WEBWIRE – Monday, July 11, 2011
Cathy Strange addressed the gathering “we are here, we are very proud of the north American chapter which was actually official recognised last Monday on the 16th of jan in sanfransisco and we are all travelling here together with
ambassadors from France and north America to officially start the north american chapter in alignment with Australia and will studd was actually the first ambassador and will be the vice president of the North american chapter of the guilde of fromagers”