Charlie Maki is currently the head cheesemonger, manager and buyer at Mazzaro’s Italian Market in St. Petersburg FL. He is a single dad of 6 and 8 year old daughters who asked Santa this year for “cheese uniforms” so they could come to work with dad “to do the coolest thing ever!”. In 2003 while volunteering at, then attending, the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, Charlie was introduced to Artisanal Bistro and Fromagerie. He spent 2 years making cheese plates at Artisanal with some of the finest professionals in the industry, and an additional 2 years at the great Bedford Cheese Shop in Brooklyn, which solidified his love of the craftsmanship and artistry of the world’s finest cheeses and the passions and personalities that come with it. Over the years Charlie has mongered at Cowgirl Creamery in DC; Whole Foods Market in Fairfax, VA and Raleigh, NC; and at St. James Cheese Company in New Orleans, LA. A love of the products and people that are drawn to and make a career of fine cheese and cheese mongering fuel Charlie’s commitment to the world’s specialty food industry and American artisan cheese and specialty foods, in particular.