“Wow, what a whirlwind this week has been. This was my third year in a row competing at The Cheesemonger Invitational. For those of you that don’t know what CMI is, it’s basically the Olympics for Cheesemongers. It tests every facet of a Cheesemonger’s day-to-day.”
“I used to listen to cheese podcasts. I remember an episode detailing the CMI and saying to myself, “Wow no way I could EVER do that. You’d have to be crazy to do that!” …. And that brings me to a lot of firsts.”
First time on stage.
First time as a finalist.
First time winning third place at CMI.
First time having a flight completely canceled.
First time riding an Amtrak.
First time losing my ID and all forms of payment.
First time in Philadelphia.
First time eating an Italian Roast Pork Sandwich.”
“A lot of firsts the time around. Obviously the losing your stuff for the first time is probably not so great! But I’d do it all again just to be able to connect with the people.” – John Litzinger, The Son of a Butcher Head Cheesemonger