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.


14 Responses to About

  1. kate logan says:

    Hey Martin –
    matt and i are really looking forward to the Red, White and Beer event at Culture Fix this weds!!!
    see you there!
    kate logan

  2. agnes deter says:

    Dear Martin….We have never met, but I hope someday we will..You knew Ray and the
    short discription above was right on the money…He was a great guy, and I guess a lot
    of people thought so. We miss him terribly, and always will…Thank you for caring about
    my son….. Agnes Deter

  3. Sirana Gligora Paški Sir says:

    Hi, Would love to get a sample of our Paški Sir to you for a review. Send a request to simon.kerr@gligora.com if your interested in some samples.

  4. kate Williams says:

    Hello there,
    I’m from Rogue Ales and we have a Cheese and Beer festival coming up in Oct. that I would love to share with you so you can help spread the word (and love) of cheese and beer! If you could contact me at kate@rogue.com, I would greatly appreciate it.


  5. Rachel Smith says:

    Wow. I’ve only just come across this blog, and I absolutely LOVE it. If I could eat just one thing for the rest of my life, it’d be cheese hands down. I’m going to visit this site more often as a low-fat form of indulgence! x

  6. Sirana Gligora Paški Sir says:

    I wonder if we can send you some samples of our cheese to try and possibly review? Our cheese and dairy have great stories behind them which need telling, and the taste is pretty fantastic too.
    Get in touch and I’ll send some samples

  7. Hi!
    I just started reading your blog recently and was wondering where your store is located. (State/province, town, etc.) If you could send me that information it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  8. Meghan says:

    Hi Martin,

    I came across your recent Huff Post article, “Cheese and Beer Rocks!” and wanted to reach out and see if you would be interested in being a guest author on CraftBeer.com? I would love to talk with you if you’re interested. We have two categories I think you’d be a great for: Muses (basically our blog area) and Beer & Food Features.

    CraftBeer.com is a website of the Brewers Association, the national trade association for America’s small and independent craft brewers.


    Meghan Storey
    Web Editor
    Brewers Association

  9. Hi, I’ve been salivating over your pictures of cheese, and I do this thing where I write about other blogs. Hope you don’t mind, but I wrote about yours:

  10. paul says:

    Hello Martin,

    Your blog is fantastic, and i totally agree with you on that cheese & beer pairing. Looking forward to coming to ny and hope i can participate in your events !

    Paul (cheesemonger in paris)

  11. Andrea says:

    I’m really excited to have found your blog! I love cheese but don’t know a lot about it and am looking forward to learning more.

  12. Becky Ellis says:

    Love your blog! I am sending you a Love/Hate Challenge in hopes that you will enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for participating. Here’s the link with all of the information at the end of my post: https://beckysbubblesblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/lovehate-challenge-food-for-thought/

  13. Denise Barros says:

    Invitation to Brazil’s Cheese World Contest


    My name is Denise, I am the Public Relations Director of the Brazil’s Cheese World Contest.

    On August 8th to 11th the first Brazil’s Cheese World Contest will take place in Araxá, Minas Gerais.The event will be attended by an eclectic and international body of cheesemakers, cheesemongers, gastronomic chefs, journalistes and scientists. The mission of this contest is to show international cheesemaking to Brazilians and to bring Brazilian and South American cheese culture to the world scene.

    It would be a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the first Brazil’s Cheese World Contest. It will also be a unique opportunity for you to discover the lesser known South American cheeses.

    Check our website to register and know more about the event:

    Best regards,
    Denise Barros.
    Public Relations Director
    + 55 34 99830 1828

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