• About

Academy of Cheese
Setting new standards

Whether you have a professional or personal interest in cheese, the Academy of Cheese welcomes everyone to share our knowledge and spread the appreciation of truly great cheese.

Help us do more

With your support, the possibilities are endless.


In 2013 Mary Quicke approached the Guild of Fine Food to look at developing a professional cheese certification in the UK, inspired by the Certified Cheese Professional qualification run by the American Cheese Society.

An industry representative group was formed and went on to become the team behind the launch of Academy of Cheese.

Our Mission

Academy of Cheese are an impartial, not for profit organisation here to promote cheese knowledge, cheese education and careers in cheese. Academy courses educate both consumers and professionals through four levels of certification culminating in the highly anticipated accolade of Master of Cheese. 

The Academy was set up to support Cheesemakers, with the aim of securing a thriving industry to operate in, with a captive audience of engaged consumers. A large part of the initial vision for the Academy was to create a world where cheesemaking can remain an aspirational way of life for many.

Our progress

You don’t have to go it alone. Build your knowledge and love of cheese with a community of thousands of cheese professionals and enthusiasts just like you.

academy of cheese Level one Associate

Level one: Associate

Fully operational 100%

Level two: Member

Fully operational 100%

Level three: Fellow

In Progress 90%

Master of Cheese

Coming soon 80%

Industry Support

By educating its vast network of cheese lovers across the global, the Academy is not only providing professional development for individuals but building greater respect for the industry as a whole, showcasing the skill, knowledge and talent of its members.

The team

Knowledgeable professionals who take pride in cheese.