The Grand Gourmand

Academy of Cheese Training Partner with 23 years experience in the New Zealand speciality cheese industry.

About The Grand Gourmand

New Zealand's first cheese expert to provide Academy of Cheese training courses

Franco Sessa aka The Grand Gourmand is a turophile, International cheese judge, Gardening and Lifestyle magazine editor and contributor, and food lover.

Growing up in La Valle dei Mulini (the valley of the watermills) in Gragnano, Southern Italy was a perfect childhood for Franco, learning about cheese, agriculture and the old traditions handed down through his family.

Franco’s gourmand ventures took him to New Zealand, where for the past 23 years he has worked in the New Zealand specialty cheese industry, from cheese making to sales and every other role in between. In recent years his expertise has focused on education and promotion of speciality cheese consumption and appreciation to retail consumers, wholesalers and the hospitality sector.

The Grand Gourmand at a glance

Cheese Training & Consultancy

Working with cheesemakers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants on a range of different training and consultancy projects, from bespoke Academy of Cheese staff training and tasting workshops to NPD support and cheese inspiration days.

Virtual & In-Person Training Courses

Training professionals and consumers in Level One (Associate) at your place of business or at a training venue of your choice. Online courses are also available.

New Zealand and Italian Cheese Expertise

Franco grew up in Southern Italy, learning about cheese, agriculture and the old traditions. Franco’s gourmand ventures took him to New Zealand, where for the past 23 years he has worked in the New Zealand specialty cheese industry, from cheese making to sales and every other role in between.

Study

Academy of Cheese Courses Offered

2
3 hours (6pm - 9pm Auckland time)
NZ$375 With Cheese
About The Grand Gourmand

New Zealand's first cheese expert to provide Academy of Cheese training courses

Franco Sessa aka The Grand Gourmand is a turophile, International cheese judge, Gardening and Lifestyle magazine editor and contributor, and food lover.

Growing up in La Valle dei Mulini (the valley of the watermills) in Gragnano, Southern Italy was a perfect childhood for Franco, learning about cheese, agriculture and the old traditions handed down through his family.

Franco’s gourmand ventures took him to New Zealand, where for the past 23 years he has worked in the New Zealand specialty cheese industry, from cheese making to sales and every other role in between. In recent years his expertise has focused on education and promotion of speciality cheese consumption and appreciation to retail consumers, wholesalers and the hospitality sector.

The Grand Gourmand at a glance

Cheese Training & Consultancy

Working with cheesemakers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants on a range of different training and consultancy projects, from bespoke Academy of Cheese staff training and tasting workshops to NPD support and cheese inspiration days.

Virtual & In-Person Training Courses

Training professionals and consumers in Level One (Associate) at your place of business or at a training venue of your choice. Online courses are also available.

New Zealand and Italian Cheese Expertise

Franco grew up in Southern Italy, learning about cheese, agriculture and the old traditions. Franco’s gourmand ventures took him to New Zealand, where for the past 23 years he has worked in the New Zealand specialty cheese industry, from cheese making to sales and every other role in between.

Study

Academy of Cheese Courses Offered

2
3 hours (6pm - 9pm Auckland time)
NZ$375 With Cheese

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27/29 William Pickering Drive,

Unit E1,
Rosedale,
Auckland,
New Zealand