Nov 14, 2006

Chevalier: the details

You don't get to meet an honoured Chevalier everyday so this Cheese blogger did a little more digging to inquire what it means to be one and how it's acheived. Jacob Richler of the National Post wrote a couple weeks back, "Mr Pristine, who turned his father's cigar shop into the country's largest and most impressive cheese retailer and affineur, is being recognized for his efforts by the most prestigious cheese society in the world, he will attend a ceremony at the SIAL exhibition booth of a magnificent cheese maker named Juraflore. He will get down on one knee, and be tapped on each shoulder with a sword and then rise again as an official inductee the French order of cheese."

James Chatto writes from his blog:
Life always seems a little brighter when you hear of an honour being bestowed upon someone who truly deserves it. On October 23, my friend Fatos Pristine, proprietor of the renowned Cheese Boutique, was inducted into the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France......Anyone who has watched Mr. Pristine hold a room silent and spellbound while he discourses on the glories of some favoured fromage, his passion for the subject apparent in every word he utters, will agree this knighthood is totally merited. The new Chevalier is the champion of cheese, the count and conquistador of curds, an educator and an enthusiast as much as a merchant.....

Acquired below is the offical Order certificate and below that, the letter of consideration.


























(below in french--its not too hard to translate---talks a bit about Fatos' background, the commisioners who presented his name for consideration and a little history of what kickstarted the Cheese boutique to its current form today)

Fatos PRISTINE

Aprés de brillantes études : sciences politiques à NAPLES en Italie–et sociologie à l’Université de TORONTON- il est depuis 36 ans à la direction et au développement de << Cheese Boutique >>, mentor de la 2éme génération, travaillant pour la 3éme.

Vos fromages préférés sont le Brie de MEAUX, le Comté, la Mimolette, l’Epoisses, et les chevres de Valençay.

Monsieur Louis AIRD votre 1er Parrain, signale qu’il n’est pas la seule personne à considérer Monsieur Fatos PRISTINE comme l’un des peres fondateurs du commerce gastronomique à TORONTO.

On peut faire ses emplettes en toute confiance chez un véritable affineur. << The Cheese Boutique >> qui tient le plus beau et vaste choix de fromages de spécialités en ville, s’est construite grâce à la passion d’un seul homme qui depuis des décennies a changé les habitudes alimentaires de la population Torontaise.

Votre grande passion : le fromage est ma vie : je travaille, je mange, je rêve fromage, je prends plaisir à informer et a éduquer les gastronomes ; en échange je me nourris de leur énergie et de leur passion.

C’est en 1970 que vous avez importé le Brie de MEAUX à TORONTO, vous l’avez affiné à point pour le faire découvrir aux nombreux amis qui vous entourent.

Bienvenue parmi nous. Je suis tres heureux d’être votre 2 éme parrain.

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