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Whole Foods Sets the Record for Most Parmigiano Wheels Cracked Simultaneously

The Crack Heard Around the World

Another strange food-based world record was set last month, but at least this time it wasn't a giant vat of food, or salad. In fact this time, it was actually sort of fun! On April 12 at 3 p.m. ET, cheesemongers at Whole Foods in the US, Canada and UK simultaneously cracked open nearly 300 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano. With official recordings coming in from 176 stores, the record for Most Parmigiano Wheels Cracked Simultaneously was set.

While it sounds simple, the process of cracking open and carving an 85-pound cheese wheel can take up to a half an hour. When asked about the event, Cathy Strange, Global Cheese Buyer — doesn't that sound like a great job! — for Whole Foods said:

It was a sight to behold as our cheesemongers "broke open happiness" and shared this crown jewel of cheeses with our guests. We are thrilled that Whole Foods Market has made its mark in the Guinness Book of World Records.

To check out a video of a cheesemonger cracking open an 80-pound wheel, or see a step-by-step video of how to crack the cheese open, just


Sacramento Whole Foods on April 12, 2008

Learn how to Crack Open a Wheel of Cheese
(skip to about 4:00)


Join The Conversation
Advah Advah 9 years
That gigantic piece of parmesan looks like heaven!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years vice!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Hey, that cracked me up.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
That video is hysterical, thanks for sharing joe!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
as weird as that sounds - it's kind of cool if yo uthink about it. i wonder who thought about that one though since i'm sure that it's not a record that was in the book to begin with.
adco adco 9 years
Global cheese buyer is a career to aspire to! That veggie video is wonderful, but that song is now embedded in my head...Pa,pa,pa indeed!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
But what about the happy singing vegetables? Where were they?
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