Hebe Denis is a Certified Cheese Professional from the American Cheese Society and a USSA Certified Sommelier located in South Florida. Holding a BS in Hospitality Management from Florida International University, her career spans over a decade of experience in restaurant operations, and specialty retail foods.
After a one year stint working the cheese and cured meats counter at the famous South Florida Crown Wine and Spirits, while she prepared for her Sommelier exam, she fell head over heals for cheese and never looked back. Her next mission would be to immerse herself in cheese.
For the next seven years she played many roles while managing the Specialty Department at the Whole Foods Market at South Beach. But her favorite, by far, was cheesemongering. She procured the largest and most unique artisanal cheese selection anywhere in Miami Beach. Her cheese counter was known for her unique selection of French cheeses and American artisanal cheeses. She developed tasting and pairing classes as well as ongoing education programs for her team and customers. Along with the team’s beer specialist, they developed the most successful beer tasting club of all the Whole Foods Market stores in South Florida. “Jake’s South Beach Brew Club” was the only beer tasting club in all of Miami Beach.
As one of the first candidates to successfully achieve the American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional designation in 2012, Hebe is always excited to share her passion for cheese. Her ultimate goal is to take people on a journey of palate elevation – slowing down the process of food discovery and motivating them to fall in love with cheese. By stimulating curious palates that are open to new experiences she wants to turn everybody on to the magic of cheese.