les amis du FROMAGE was founded by mother and daughter Alice and Allison Spurrel. They have been in business together since 1985 when they formed their sucessful catering company The Menu Setters. The catering company evolved into The Cheese Shop @ The Menu Setters, and eventually into les amis du FROMAGE as we know and love today.
Alice is a Grande Diploma graduate of the Cordon Bleu in London and has also received a diploma in pastry from the Cordon Bleu in Paris. An avid promoter of all things food and wine, she has been the past president of the Vancouver chapter of the Vancouver chapter of the International Wine and Food Society, and a jury member for the Vancouver Arts Awards (culinary). Alice is a member of France's Confrerie les Chevalier du Taste Fromage de France, and is a Maitre Fromager in the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon. She has traveled extensively throughout France, Italy, Spain and other parts of Europe.
Allison with her mother Alice, own Les Amis du Fromage, Vancouver’s busy specialty cheese shop. Allison has had a keen interest in cooking from an early age and is now an accomplished chef and business owner. The Spurrell’s first business, The Menu Setters, a catering company specializing in cheese and wine functions, led to the creation of a cheese shop with a mission to make great cheese available to everybody. Responsible for the acquisition of over 500 different types of cheeses, from across Canada as well as internationally, Allison is an authority on cheese. She conducts cheese tastings at Les Amis du Fromage, and interacts closely with many of British Columbia’s great chefs and wine tasting societies. Allison has been a judge for the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, and for the retail competiton at the American Cheese Society annual conference. She has a certificate in Cheese Making Technology from the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph, and is also a past board member of the BC chapter of les dames d'Escoffier. She has recently been inducted in to the Confrérie des Chevaliers des Fromages de France and the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon.
Joe has cooked in Vancouver restaurants and hotels for over 20 years. He has a Red Seal trade certificate in cooking and has completed the ISG Wine Fundamentals level II with Mark Davidson. He is a member of the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon. You can currently find him at our Hastings location, where he might be behind the stove preparing frozen soups and entrees for the store, or behind the counter in the cheese store