If you called Jess Perrie a little "cheesy," you would be right. And she would probably take it as a compliment.
"Cheese people are fun, they care about what you eat and about their products," said Perrie, who is the wholesale sales director for Beehive Cheese in Uintah.
As the first recipient of the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award, she will receive $5,000 to finance a trip to the Basque region of Spain next spring to study the cheesemaking methods there. Then she will share what she learns with other American cheesemakers at the 2014 American Cheese Society Conference in Sacramento, Calif.
Perrie's award was announced at the 2013 American Cheese Society Conference in Madison, Wis.