So, what is a Maître Fromager (pronounced MEH-truh froh-mah-ZHAY)?
A Maître Fromager is a cheese master. I fell into the title while juggling the jobs of Picholine restaurant’s Maître d’Hotel and Fromager years ago. The proprietor and chef Terrance Brennan simply deleted the “d’Hotel” and combined the other two parts. At the time I could hardly call myself a master of cheese, yet the title stuck. Naturally it behooved me to become as expert as possible, and as quickly as possible.
It would probably have made more sense to use the title “Fromager.” The time demanded by the cheese service took me away from the Maître d’Hotel duties. This occurred soon after we launched the cheese program there.