Matt Caputo ACS CCP™ Bio
Matt Caputo is CEO of NASFT Outstanding Retailer Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli and President of A Priori Specialty Foods, an importer and distributor of chocolate, cheese and more. His focus on education and brazenly speaking the truth about the food industry have earned him a widely recognized reputation for expanding the market for hand-crafted and authentic foods.
In his own words:
“I grew up working in food. I have fond memories of being a toddler and hanging around my dad’s Italian restaurant. “Back of the house” was staffed in large part by my dad, his 4 brothers, and their friends. Even at that tender age, I felt right at home with that bunch of ruffians. When my dad sold the restaurant and started running retail operations for a local Italian specialty food shop called Granato’s, I began “working” in the deli for $3/hour. Mostly a few hours here and there doing miscellaneous stuff like bagging up frozen ravioli, prepping gift baskets, or sweeping the floor, but by the time I was in high school I was working the cheese and meat counter regularly. There are probably very few people my age (35) that have as much time behind the counter as I do.
My dad, Tony Caputo, is Italian and my mom is Greek. I realized I was a cheese geek for the first time when at a friend’s house they served “feta” and like all too many US “fetas” (especially at the time), it was a joke. No not a joke, it was outrageous. Totally blew my mind that that shit could be legally called the same thing as I grew up with which is now of course recognized as PDO Feta.”
My thanks to everyone participating in my 2015 Virtual Q&A with Cheese Professionals. I hope all of you, my loyal readers, are enjoying this as much as I am…
Interviews will continue throughout 2015… sometimes, they will be “stand-alone” and sometimes they will be presented as round-table discussions with several Cheese Professionals answering the same question. Those participating include Cheesemakers, ACS CCPs™, Cheesemongers and Cheese Professionals and Experts who contribute to this Wonderful World we call “Cheese”.
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