Cecilia Smith

Experience

President of Casein the Curds, Uxbridge, Ontario
January 2011 – Present

Professional consulting services to the cheese industry

  • Charity event and in-home cheese tasting and education
  • Advising cheese store start-ups
  • Designing and marketing cheese wedding cakes
  • Advising dairy start-ups on products and market strategies

Fromager at The Passionate Cook’s Essentials, Uxbridge, Ontario
January 2011 – Present

Responsible for all cheese and cheese related aspects of store operations:

  • Selecting, ordering and maintaining cheese inventory
  • Selecting and ordering cheese related merchandise including food, implements and cheese plates and boards etc
  • Recommending and supplying cheese selections to restaurants
  • Designing and presenting cheese boards using domestic and international cheeses with complementary charcuterie and other products

Instructor at The Passionate Cook Culinary School, Uxbridge, Ontario
January 2011 – Present

Responsible for developing, preparing and presenting cheese-themed and general culinary educational programs:

  • Educating clientele on the science, history and culture of cheese as well as cheese tasting, selection and appreciation.
  • Forming partnerships with wine, whisky and chocolate suppliers etc to provide combined educational experiences
  • Teaching clients culinary skills and techniques
  • Developing and presenting new interpretations of familiar and traditional recipes

Fromager at Monforte Dairy, Toronto, Ontario
October 2012 – April 2013

Responsible for designing, establishing and opening a new store and distribution centre for Monforte Dairy in Toronto:

  • Designing the store layout and décor
  • Sourcing and buying store equipment
  • Identifying and obtaining appropriate cheese and related merchandise
  • Preparing food for take-out business line
  • Affinage
  • Educating and interacting with customers
  • Marketing and business development

Education

  • American Professional Cheese Certification
  • Level 2 award from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. 2014
  • Charcuterie class at St Lawrence Market. 2013
  • Health Server Certificate issued by Durham Region, Ontario. 2013
  • Professional Fromager Certificate from George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario. 2012
  • BA in Psychology from York University. 2005
  • Business Studies Higher National Diploma from East Midlands University. 1982
  • Registered Nurse Licence from Hillingdon Hospital School of Nursing. 1980