By Brett Moore
The invention of the cheese grater is generally attributed to François Boullier, a citizen of Paris, France in the 1540's. The first grater was made out of pewter and is now on display at the Muséum du Havre (in Le Havre, France). Back in those days, meat was becoming unpopular because of disease so many farmers turned to cheese production leading to a over abundance of cheese. Much of the surplus, sitting around in warehouses, became hard and the cheese grater was used to serve the hardened cheese at the table.