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The Cheese Lady, Sarah Kaufmann’s Amazing Cheese Sculptures

Sarah Kaufmann, also known as The Cheese Lady, started carving cheese sculptures while working as the Creative Director for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Her cheese sculptures were used in promotions for the Wisconsin dairy industry and her love of cheese art officially began.

cheese lady sarah kaufmann cheese cow

Sarah Kaufmann, also known as the Cheese Lady at the New York State Fair with her cow cheese carving.

Over the years, Sarah has carved an array of cheese sculptures. Among the most notable cheese creations are a 120-pound Mickey Mouse and six-foot long gator for the University of Florida.


Sarah posing with her cheese carving of the University of Florida gator.


Close-up look at the detail of the cheese gator carving.


Mickey Mouse cheese carving by Sarah

Sarah’s cheese sculptures have appeared on numerous talk shows and food shows. She also regularly carves for food and wine festivals, state fairs and other events.

carved cheese family with a calf

Elaborate cheese carving by the Cheese Lady for the UP State Fair in Michigan.

carved cheese fruit bowl

Check out the beautiful, intricate carving of these cheese bowl by Sarah.

I think its interesting that we carve fruit and vegetables to look like flowers and other things, while in this photo, Sarah carves cheese to look like fruit. Cute!

Wisconsin State Fair Cheese carving

Sarah made this beautiful cheese sculpture for the Wisconsin State Fair. It’s fun isn’t it?

Learn more about Sarah the Cheese Lady and her cheese carvings in this short video.


Learn to carve like a pro

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3 Responses to The Cheese Lady, Sarah Kaufmann’s Amazing Cheese Sculptures

  1. Ric Testani May 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    WOW she is wonderful I love the variety she has carved. Looks like so much fun.

  2. Mickey August 5, 2021 at 2:14 am #

    Even though the sculptures look nice I cannot help but wonder how much food is wasted to do this.

    • Nita Gill August 11, 2021 at 11:23 am #

      That is one way to view it. Here’s another way to view it. The waste of these lovely cheese artworks pales in comparison to the amount of unpurchased perishable food that is thrown out daily in most every grocery store in the world. At least the cheesemaker and store that sold it, enjoyed a bit of profit for their work. The artist got to experience the joy of creating and probably earned some wages for her work. The people who have seen these cheese artworks in person and online have gotten enjoyment. With all things considered, is that really such a ‘waste’?

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