Cheese and I have been involved in our own love story since high school. It was then that I graduated from cheese slicesâ€”which I still highly enjoy, by the wayâ€”to gooey brie, stinky blue and nutty Swiss. Since then, I’ve enjoyed countless kinds of cheese and I love them all.
Afrim Pristine knows exactly how Iâ€”and so, so many othersâ€”feel. Heck, he’s made a career out of it. Now Afrim, the worldâ€™s youngest MaÃ®tre Fromager (cheese master) and owner of Toronto’s Cheese Boutique, is delving deep into the world of cheese in Cheese: A Love Story.
Debuting on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Food Network Canada, the six-part documentary kicks off in Switzerland, where Afrim does a deep dive into how land, animals and their milk create something wonderful. Once there, Afrim meets with chefs, cheesemakers and vendors to learn the fine art of aging. In the area of the world known for GruyÃ¨re, raclette, fondue and the famous Swiss Emmental, Afrim discovers how these classic cheeses stand the test of time and discovers the modern approaches the Swiss have innovated in the world of cheesemaking.
Afrim is an affable host, equally at home serving as the viewers’ guide and as the student learning from the masters. He expounds on the history of cheesemaking in GruyÃ¨re and offers tips on amping up your mac and cheese or burger (hint: GruyÃ¨re). Then it’s on to Verbier, where Afrim gets a crash course in raclette and the strict rules surrounding its aging and sale, and gets his hands dirty milking a cow.
Future episodes follow Afrim on his culinary journey to France and Greece, Toronto, Quebec and British Columbia.
Cheese: A Love Story airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Food Network Canada.
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