PAULA LAMBERT
Owner, The Mozzarella Company
1982:
Founded The Mozzarella Company in Dallas, Texas, producing authentic mozzarella cheese.


Paula Lambert is a cheesemaker and an entrepreneur. In 1982 she founded the Mozzarella Company, a small cheese factory in Dallas. Her hand-crafted, award-winning specialty cheeses are sold throughout the United States to restaurants, hotels and gourmet shops, as well as to cheese lovers at her factory shop in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas. In 1997 her cheeses entered the international marketplace, being sold to restaurants in Mexico City and served aboard South African Airlines. Paula recalls, "When I returned home after living in Italy, the thing I missed most was fresh mozzarella, and no one even knew what it was. So, I decided to build a cheese factory and make mozzarella in Dallas!" Since 1982, the Mozzarella Company has grown from making a very small amount of fresh mozzarella (about 100 pounds per week) to producing a long list of specialty gourmet cheeses from cows' milk and goats' milk.

In 1999 the Mozzarella Company produced over a quarter of a million pounds of handmade cheese and sales topped $1.7 million dollars. Over the years the cheeses have been featured in publications such as Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and The New York Times. They have also been served at the Academy Awards, as well as to presidents and royalty. In May 1998 Paula was chosen for the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. She is the fourth Texan to join this prestigious list. Paula has just completed The Cheese Lovers Cookbook, which will be published by Simon and Schuster in the fall of 2000.

Paula takes an active part in many professional, cultural and community organizations. In April she will begin her term as President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a prestigious group of food industry professionals. She served as chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food for many years, as well as on the Board of Les Dames d'Escoffier International. Several years ago she was the president of Charter 100, an organization of leading Dallas business women and civic leaders. Today she serves on the Advisory Board of Small Business and Agriculture of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and The Uptown Dallas Improvement District Board of Directors. Paula was chosen for Who's Who in Food and Wine in Texas in 1988 and received the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice's Pacesetter Award in 1992.