Who is the cheesehound?
That would be me, Ted Thaler (firstname.lastname@example.org). By day, I’m a Toronto-based communications consultant; under the cloak of darkness, however, I’m the
I haven’t always been passionate about cheese. In fact, as a kid, I never touched the
stuff unless it came in the form of an individually wrapped slice. But as time went by and I developed a more adventurous palate, I began to explore the wonders of cheese beyond Kraft slices.
Then, a few years ago, I was browsing through a used bookstore and
happened across The Cheese Book, a yellowing tome from the early 1960s, written by Vivienne Marquis and Patricia Haskell. Within hours, I was as hooked on the history and lore of cheese as I was on the taste of cheese.
In the Spring of 2011, I enrolled in the cheese program at George Brown College and began working toward my Professional Fromager Certificate…and quickly learned how little I knew about cheese. Most of my classmates, it seemed, worked in the cheese trade. I had a lot of catching up to do. I began stalking cheese shops, visiting cheesemakers, and building up my own library of cheese books. After completing my Professional Fromager Certificate, I completed my Cheesemaking Certificate at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese.
In my quest to ferret out information about cheese, I scoured the web. While there was lots of good information floating around in cyberspace, there didn’t seem to be a comprehensive site with a focus on Canadian cheese. And so here we are – cheesehound.ca. I hope you learn as much visiting it as I did building it.