Definitions

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  • n. One who ages cheese and purveys it.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The price of affineur aged cheese is high, but the price of nearly all hand crafted cheese is high.

    Martin Johnson: An Age Old Debate

  • Being a cheese monger (affineur in French) is considered a high-skilled trade and is well respected.

    Say Cheese: Meet Sebastien Tavel

  • The collaboration between maker and affineur continued with such intensity that the cheese took on a new name to reflect it: Ogleshield.

    The Art of Aging Well

  • It can be fun to play the role of affineur and encourage surface or blue mold from a good Camembert or Roquefort to grow on a fresh goat cheese or in a piece of standard Cheddar.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • It also marks what may have been the first appointment of an official cheese affineur!

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The farmer supplies the milk to the fruitière who then sends it to the affineur, who stores the Comté in a maturing cellar for four to 18 months.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • That is where she met Hervé Mons, a master affineur, the person who ripens the cheese once it is made.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Or does the word always imply a more robust and engaged role in which the affineur actively changes presumably for the better the taste, texture and fragrance of the cheese?

    NYT > Home Page

  • "So that should not be dismissed - if the primary goal of the affineur is to not mess it up."

    NYT > Home Page

  • But if the affineur has become the cheese world's version of the mixologist - a lab-coat-clad expert with a seemingly bottomless appetite for arcana - there are those who strongly resist drinking his small-batch Kool-Aid.

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