School of Food Science

A Man Who Knows His Cheese

Capital Press – Nov 2012

Nial Yager knows cheese. And now he’s one of only a few people in the nation with the credentials to prove it.

Yager was among 121 people in the U.S. and Canada to pass the first Certified Cheese Professionals examination administered by the American Cheese Society.

Yager said the goal of the certification is to identify cheese experts. Topics he needed to know included starter bacteria, slicing, packaging, cold storage, aging processes, shipping, grading, handling and even food and wine pairings. The tests took roughly eight months to complete.

“It’s one more resource for the creamery to draw upon,” Yager, who is the buyer and planner at the Washington State University Creamery, said of his new certification.

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