Behind The Cutting Board: Afrim Pristine


Maître fromager (Cheese Master) Afrim Pristine delivers years of experience in affinage, a practice handed down through the family business, Cheese Boutique.

Private cheese education from on-the-job training and trips to local and not-so-local farms have built Afrim’s foundation of knowledge. Many touchstones guided vocation such as an invitation by Switzerland Cheese to study and learn the process from one of the oldest and most renowned Cheesemakers in the world. Afrim’s education cultivates an encyclopedic recall with passionate delivery.

Twitter: @afrimpristine

Instagram: @afrimpristine

If you weren’t working in the culinary industry, what would you be doing?hvv_afrim

If I wasn’t in the culinary industry, I would be a vigilante, fighting crime at night, wearing a a cowl and cape.  By day, I would be a pretty good, philanthropist living in a castle. I’m pretty sure this doesn’t exist already, so I feel there is a need for it. 

Any advice for people getting started in your industry? Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Advice for people in the industry: If you want to be rich, and don’t want to work a lot, then do not enter this industry. This industry is all about passion and love for your craft. The hours and pace are crazy, but one does crazy things for the love of food. You better to be ready to hustle, hustle and never stop.

What is your favourite restaurant, right now?

Favourite restaurant is Campagnolo

In your opinion, what traits would you say describe the ideal Gentleman?

Ideal gentlemen: ‘manners maketh man’

End of story.

If you could have dinner with anyone (Alive or Dead), who would it be, and why?

I would love to have dinner with Kurt Cobain. Eddie Vedder would be our server and Chris Cornell would be the Chef.

See and learn from Chef Pristine (and many others) as part of our CULINARY PROGRAMME at #TGE2016.

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