Julia Rogers is a cheese professional, wine educator and event animator—recently a guest judge on Top Chef Canada—and one of the featured tasting seminar presenters at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival.
Her extensive knowledge of food and food lore has been formed by studying, teaching and traveling. She is passionate about cheese and dedicated to sharing her discoveries with others.
Years of tasting, encounters with cheesemakers, and diverse retail, catering and consulting experience have given her a thorough understanding of cheese history, flavours, and production.
Julia trains sommeliers and hospitality students in cheese appreciation, and teaches for the internationally recognized Wine and Spirit Education Guild. Her articles appear in Food and Drink, Slow Food Canada and Wine Express, and in her newsletter, The Wedge Issue, accessible via her website, www.cheeseculture.ca.
Among other regular Toronto engagements, she hosts Night School for Cheese Fans at the Leslieville Cheese Market, which was recently voted “Best Cheese Appreciation Class in Toronto” by Toronto Life Magazine.
In April, she was guest judge on Top Chef Canada when an episode of the Food Network Canada program featured Canadian cheese.
During the All-Day Cheese-Tasting Seminar Program, Julia will present:
Cheese Tasting 101
A primer for those who want to appreciate cheese, not just eat it. Get acquainted with the different families and flavours of cheese. Gain insights into pairing cheese with beverages and other accompaniments. Learn to taste and talk about cheese like a pro, as you enjoy a flight of 6 to 9 selections.
Taste of Québec
Québec is the creative leader of our Canadian cheese renaissance. No region comes close to producing the range of styles and flavours that originate in la Belle Province. Enjoy a whirlwind tour of icon cheeses and newer artisan offerings from our trend-setting neighbours to the East.