Martin Johnson has been a cheesemonger in New York City since 1984. During that time he has worked at many of the leading retailers in the city including Dean and DeLuca and the Bedford Cheese Shop. He started The Joy of Cheese in 2005 as an attempt to introduce the incredible range of cheese to people who might not frequent the boutique fromageries where these delights are sold. He began doing tastings privately and wine bars quickly began calling, asking him to host tastings at their venues and to set up or revise their cheese programs. He has worked with Terroir Tribeca, In Vino, Alphabet City Beer Company, and several other leading high end establishments. In 2011, he was hired to manage the cheese counter at Gastronomie 491 on the Upper West Side. His counter has received accolades from many prominent cheese authorities such as Max McCalman and Tia Kennan and The New York Times lauded his merchandising this winter with this story, http://nyti.ms/WfyzRv
Presently Martin splits his time between his responsibilities at Gastronomie 491, cheese and beverage classes at the 92nd St. Y, and private cheese events all around New York City.