Meet Our Faculty
At Murray’s, we know cheese, so who better to teach our award-winning courses than those in the cheese trenches every day? From experienced cheesemongers to wholesale directors, from our cavemaster to our Kroger field team, Murray’s faculty takes cheese knowledge to a whole new level. We also host our beer, wine, and whiskey friends, as well as incredible producers of the products we’re proud to feature in the shop.
Murray's In-House Faculty
Dan Belmont, Education Manager
Ashley Bryant, Education Associate
Murray's Guest Faculty
Amanda Parker, Director of Brand Strategy
Amanda has always loved food. While working (or as she says, bored out of her mind!) as an assistant at a large company, Amanda came to Murray's for a tasting, after which she decided to learn more about specialty food and cheese. (after all, she is an Italophile who lived in the charmed city of Bologna for a year as a college student) Soon Amanda was working behind the cheese counter at our Grand Central store, before her rapid rise to Store Manager of our Bleecker Street location. Now Amanda helps spread good cheese around the country through our partnership with Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain. When Amanda's not traveling the country training staff and setting cheese cases, you can find her infectious enthusiasm and incredible knowledge in the very same classroom that served as her introduction to Murray's.
Elizabeth Chubbuck, VP of Sales
Elizabeth found true love with Murrays Cheese on a first date on Bleecker Street- not with a handsome Prince Charming but with 200 of her new favorite cheeses. Knowing she had landed somewhere special, Elizabeth, who was then working at a national magazine an ad account manager,, began entertaining her clients in our classes on a regular basis, then attending classes on her own at every available chance, and really upping her educational ante by volunteering in the Murray's Classroom at any and every opportunity. After a life-long love affair with all things dairy, Elizabeth took the plunge into the world of cheese, and joined Murray's as a Wholesale Manager. Now Elizabeth spends her days consulting with top-notch chefs at restaurants across the country, including Jean-Georges, Le Bernadin, and The Modern, training restaurant staff on the intricacies of cheese service, and educating our customers in the Murray's classroom.
Summer Coulter, Training Manager
After a painfully soul sucking career in administration, marketing and event planning Summer decided to focus all her nerdy glory in the green pastures of Cheesedom. Like so many others at Murray's, Summer was plagued with the desire to "love what you do". She started working at Murray's Grand Central (a.k.a. Cheese Bootcamp) as a cheesemonger in 2011. After she got her bearings she became part of the Red Jacket Training group for Murray's exclusive partnership with Kroger. She loved flying and teaching the love of cheese so much that in January of 2013 she became a full time Kroger team member. Meeting and training mongers and cheesemasters all over the country and bringing real cheese to real people is a dream come true for Summer. She has never been so happy- especially when you consider she married the man of her dreams, James in June of 2012.