Developing a new generation of global ambassadors for cheese

The founding committee members here at the Academy of Cheese, hosted a special Level One course at Westminster College in London on Thursday 30th March 2017. We were thrilled to have a great turnout of press, industry patrons, retailers, cheesemakers, wholesalers and potential training providers – who, we are pleased to say, all passed the end-of-course assessment with flying colours following an informative day of training and cheese tasting.

Two years in development, the Academy of Cheese has been financially supported by a range of businesses including Bradbury’s, Tesco, Harvey & Brockless, Cropwell Bishop Creamery, Wyke Farms, Bridgehead Foods, Lincolnshire Poacher, Lynher Dairies and Stitchelton Dairy. Many of the patrons were at Westminster College to see the outcome of their contribution and to trial Level One.

All the Directors of the Academy of Cheese are thrilled to have had such great feedback on the event on the day, and such support from the industry to date. We are looking to capture the imagination of anyone involved in, or interested in, cheese at every level and following such fantastic response we look forward to giving you more updates very soon.

Structured Cheese Tasting – Level One Associate

Established to elevate the role of all those working in the cheese supply chain the Academy of Cheese is a not for profit organisation that sets the standard for developing and then assessing professional skill and understanding. The long term objective is to promote cheese quality, provenance and range to a wide audience of enthusiasts, cheesemongers, producers and chefs; ensuring a greater respect for those who have undertaken the courses – from Level One through to Level Four’s Master of Cheese.

Here at the Academy we are looking for funding of a minimum of £75,000 to the end of 2018 to continue the development of Level 2 and to oversee the marketing of the programme. The actual course will be delivered by third party training providers, and we are already working with those who have expressed interest in being the first training providers, alongside the Guild of Fine Food.