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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)


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