And we're back! We've got the Masters of Cheese blog series back for another interview with Gordon Edgar from Rainbow Grocery Coop in San Francisco. This established cheese-buyer and all around cheese fan has a published book, as well as years of cheese-mongoring experience.
RCC: What is your background? How long have you been in the cheese business?
GE: I grew up in the Bay Area and have been the cheese buyer at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative in San Francisco since 1994. My cheesy memoir, Cheesemonger: a Life on the Wedge, was published in 2010 by Chelsea Green
RCC: When buying cheese, what are the most important aspects that you look for?
GE: First, does it taste good? A great story means nothing if no one wants to eat the finished product. Second, is care taken in the shipping/packaging? There's no use making great cheese if it doesn't make it to the store in good shape. Third, does it fill a niche or is it an udgrade on a cheese we already have? Fourth, OK you can tell me your story now.