Afrim Pristine, Canada’s premier maître fromager (cheese master), exudes a passion and commitment that stems from his father and the family business, Cheese Boutique. Pristine has studied with some of the world’s greatest cheesemakers, including Luigi Guffanti, Stefano Sarti, Carl Schilt, and Jean-Paul Morin. In 2013, he became the first Canadian maîtres fromager and one of the youngest in the world. He hosts Food Network Canada’s docu-series Cheese- A Love Story, authored the bestselling cookbook For the Love of Cheese, and became the youngest Canadian recipient to the Chevalier, a distinction from the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Taste Fromage de France.
Pristine has collaborated with some of Canada’s top chefs and restaurants, including chefs Michael Bonacini, Mark McEwan, Daniel Boulud, David Chang, and Lynn Crawford, as well as venues such as Momofuku, Alo, Langdon Hall, Canoe, La Palma, Scaramouche, and Piano Piano. The Globe and Mail newspaper named him among the Top 50 Most Influential People in Canadian Food, and LCBO Food & Drink Magazine named him among the Top 10 Most Influential People in the food industry.