Last night at the big Cheesemonger Invitational in Long Island City, Emily Acosta, a former bookkeeper at Mast Brothers Chocolate, took a star turn when she walked away with the grand championship of the competition.

Ms. Acosta is currently employed in the cheese department at Eataly. James Gentry of New Orleans’ St James Cheese Company finished third.

As is the custom, no one remembered who came in 2nd.

New Orleans is fortunate to have a world-class cheese shop in St James where Mr Gentry plies his craft. We’d be hard-pressed to come up with a local cheese source that could even be mentioned in the same breath.

Back in 2013, Justin Trosclair of St James won the Grand Championship of the Cheesemonger Invitational. In 2012 he came in 2nd.

Who’s better? Trosclair or Gentry?

Who’s the alpha cheeseboss in New Orleans?

Perhaps there’s some young upstart in Violet or Harvey who’s all cheese, all the time but is so quiet in his work that nobody’s onto his game?

Is there a rural parsonage near New Orleans where an old minister is tending to his cheeses when he’s not tending to his flock?

Is James Gentry the best cheesemonger in New Orleans?

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