Self Portrait

Martin Johnson


Goal: I want to employ my editorial, merchandising, social media and point of sale skills to make artisanal, small producer cheese, beer, cured meats and wine accessible to the highbrow culinary mainstream.


Press Coverage

NY Times Dining In Section Cover Story:

New York Magazine Eight Page Feature:


Editorial Experience

Wall St. Journal:

Columnist, Huffington Post, 2011-‘12

Columnist Serious Eats, 2010-‘11


Retail Experience

Gastronomie 491: Cheese, Charcuterie and Beer Program Manager 2011-

Alphabet City Wine Company: Weekend Manager 2011 – ‘13

Bedford Cheese Shop: Lead Cheesemonger 2004 – ‘11

Garden of Eden: Lead Cheesemonger 2003 – ‘04

Butterfield Market: Lead Cheesemonger 1994-‘98

Canard & Company: Cheesemonger 1994

Neumann & Bogdonoff: Cheese Department Manager 1992 – ‘94

Likitsakos Market: Cheese Department Manager 1991 – ‘92

Petak’s: Cheese Department Manager 1986 – ‘91

Bloomingdales: Cheesemonger 1984 –‘86


Teaching Experience

New York University: Food Journalism Classes 2013 –

92nd St. Y: Cheese and Beverage Classes –2008 –

The Joy of Cheese: Informal Cheese Classes 2004 –


Education: Columbia College at Columbia University, Class of 1982




About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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