$28K Boska Cheese Slicer Stolen

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Thieves steal world's most expensive cheese slicer from the Amsterdam Cheese Museum

This weekend was a busy one for the Amsterdam Cheese Museum after the most valuable cheese slicer in the world was stolen off its premises. The cheese slicer was located in the basement of the museum in a locked display cabinet. However, knowing that the slicer is worth over $28,000 prompted a thief to claim it as his own. An employee noticed the theft Saturday night after closing.

This cheese slicer was made in 2007 by Boska Holland, producer of cheese tools, in collaboration with the Argentinian designer Rodrigo Otazu. The designer is internationally known for his extravagant jewelry designs, creating pieces for well-known stars such as Britney Spears and Madonna. The slicer is studded with 220 diamonds.

Likely unfamiliar to Americans, cheese slicers are common in the Netherlands. Slicers cut very thin slices of cheese, exposing it to oxygen. The contact with oxygen aerates the cheese and enhances the flavor immensely. Boska’s New York office is shocked, as they were awaiting the slicer’s arrival to display at The Chicago Housewares Show, as well as the upcoming Amsterdam Affair Party in NYC.

"This is the finest and most expensive cheese slicer in the world," said Martijn Bos, CEO of Boska. According to Bos, the cheese slicer, once exhibited at the Millionaire Fair in Russia, was not only unique and monetarily valuable, but also held great symbolic value. "We are doing our best to make the world familiar with the experience of eating cheese Our core business is to manufacture and sell cheesewares®, but we also engage in creative collaborations with the purpose of making cheese cool. This was the case with the Otazu slicer. Over the course of time, many have shown interest in purchasing the shiny slicer. But the Cheese Museum at Prinsengracht wanted to display the slicer to the general public for all to admire, and we provided them with that opportunity. At first I thought that the theft was a cheesy joke because after all, we are only a month from April Fool’s Day, but that was not so."

Boska Holland and the Amsterdam Cheese Museum declared the theft to the police on Tuesday morning. There is footage of the suspects and a sketch has been drawn. It is important that the cheese slicer be returned; therefore, tips regarding the suspect are welcome. Anyone whose tips lead to the successful retrieval of the valuable slicer will receive as reward a Cheese Gift Basket and the world’s largest cheese fondue set, a Mr. Big Fondue.

About Boska Holland Cheesewares®
Boska is an innovative, authentic family-run business founded in 1896. As family tradition holds and passion drives, Boska is constantly on the lookout for new cheesewares® that will inspire the world to enjoy cheese. Developed over four generations, Boska started as a hardware store and tool manufacturer. Over the years, Boska took its name as the only company wholly focused on cheese specific tools and accessories. With five offices and 64 employees around the world, Boska now offers the widest range of high quality cheese accessories in the world, available in 85 countries. Enjoy life, explore cheese!

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For more information, contact Sonya Tiratsuyan of Boska USA: 914-428-3600.

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