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Florencio Sanchidrián is somewhat of a master ham slicer, he’s sliced Iberico ham at some of the world’s most prestigious events for the likes of Barack Obama and he’s paid, wait for it, $4,000 dollars for him to cut a leg of the stuff for you.
It might seem a little far fetched, but the Spanish take their ham pretty seriously and cutting ham is a fine profession called ‘cortador de jamone’.
He’s got 30 years experience and in an interview with Munchies, he explained that there’s a lot more to it than a steady hand and a sharp knife. “You must know the product inside out—its breeding and the area where the Iberian pig usually lives and grazes.
“Before cutting each piece of ham, you should check all of the corresponding labels because they provide all the information we need to know about that specific piece—everything from the birthplace of the pig to where it was stored, plus the humidity and air temperature. Besides all this, a good cortador de jamones should try to manipulate the joint as little as possible and when serving the meat, help people appreciate it with all of their senses.”
Sanchidrián has picked up celebrity followers all over the world and as you can see in the video below, he takes his job very seriously.