Basque shepherding and cheesemaking traditions; Inside the Affineur’s Cave; Microbial State of the Union; Heritage breed dairy animals: if these research titles get your curd nerd senses all tingly, the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award is looking for you!

daphne zepos teaching award

Established in 2013, the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award (DZTA) is an annual scholarship awarded to a cheese professional with a vision to take a deep dive into a specific topic — travel expenses to Europe included. The recipient then returns to present their research at the following year’s American Cheese Society conference. We never had the privilege of meeting the legendary Daphne Zepos, visionary founder of Essex St. Cheese Co., but her passion and advocacy for artisan cheese lives on through the award fund. Since its launch, recipients of the awards have studied in Spain, England, France and Spain. You can read dispatches from 2016 recipient Sam Frank, of New York’s Crown Finish Caves, on his blog Making Cheese in Europe to get a sense of what opportunities await the next winner.

Oh, one more draw? The winner is announced during the ACS Conference and gets … a really big cheese check! Talk about #lifegoals, eh?

Sam Frank, DZTA 2016

There’s just one more week to apply for the 2017 DZTA: applications require an essay describing your vision, two letters of recommendation, and applicants must be current members of the American Cheese Society. Head to the website to learn more and get started on that vision statement!

Photo (c) and courtesy of the DZTA.

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