ERIK ACQUISTAPACE OF ACQUISTAPACE’S COVINGTON SUPERMARKET & ACQUISTAPACE’S WINE & CHEESE RECEIVES THE AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY’S INAUGURAL CERTIFIED CHEESE SENSORY EVALUATOR™ CREDENTIAL8.24.18
Covington, LA (August 24, 2018) – Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket is proud to announce that employee Erik Acquistapace is a member of the inaugural class of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluators™ (ACS CCSEs™). Erik is part of an elite group of 29 individuals from 20 companies who passed the first ACS T.A.S.T.E. Test™ (Technical, Aesthetic, Sensory, Tasting Evaluation) offered by ACS. This exam was held on July 25, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The ACS T.A.S.T.E. Test™ evaluates cheese professionals’ knowledge and skills in the assessment of cheese, from determining cheese condition and quality, to evaluating cheese flavor, body, texture, and appearance. Individuals who pass the exam earn the title of ACS Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator™, or ACS CCSE™. The ACS CCSE™ credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects a commitment to the best possible care for cheese and service to those who love it.
The ACS CCSE™ certification is the second credential offered by the American Cheese Society. The first, the ACS Certified Cheese Professional® or ACS CCP® credential, was launched in 2012. ACS CCPs® currently total more than 1,000 individuals in the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Europe. Twenty-four of the 29 individuals who passed the 2018 ACS T.A.S.T.E. Test™ are also ACS CCPs®.
“I am continuously striving for excellence in the art, science, and service of cheese. This Sensory Evaluation experience allowed me to hone my passion for bringing my customers the best possible quality of cheese. I am honored to be a part of the inaugural class to experience this assessment of cheese quality.”
Each ACS CCSE™ receives an official lapel pin, embroidered patch, and a certificate, along with the right to call themselves an ACS Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator™ or ACS CCSE™. ACS CCSEs™ are required to demonstrate continued active participation and professional development within the industry to maintain their credentials, and they must recertify every three years.
For a full list of ACS CCSEs™, and to learn more about the ACS T.A.S.T.E. Test™, visit www.cheesesociety.org.