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Friends of the Academy

Join the fastest-growing global cheese community and be part of a movement supporting cheesemakers all over the world. Academy Friends benefit from exclusive access, take advantage of unique offers and continue your enjoyment and education in cheese.

Join our global cheese community

Expert knowledge of over 150 cheeses

Friends of the Academy can access our ever growing Cheese Library which clearly and accurately catalogues cheese in a user friendly way. It is a valuable research tool for studying at home, for inspiration ahead of a trip to the cheesemonger and for retailers swotting up on their range or looking to add something new.

Along with the Academy’s unique Make Post-Make model of categorising cheese, each library entry contains stories of the cheesemakers, a little history, character descriptions, perfect pairing suggestions, plus photographs of the cheese whole and as a wedge.

Each cheese in the Cheese Library includes:

  • The Make Post-Make category
  • Detailed character descriptions
  • Photographs whole & as a wedge
  • Perfect pairing suggestions
  • The history and story of the cheesemaker

Discounted and exclusive events and masterclasses

To continue to champion cheese education among our global community we host a full calendar of events and masterclasses throughout the year. Academy Friends benefit from free or discounted tickets, plus priority access for exclusive events with limited numbers.

Previous events have included a masterclass on creating the perfect cheeseboard with Roland Barthélémy, perfect pairing evenings with French wines, Port and beer, plus busting American cheese myths with icon of the cheese world Janet Fletcher.

Academy events include:

  • Behind the scenes tours
  • Meet the cheesemaker
  • Q&A with cheese experts
  • Pairing masterclasses with world class drinks brands

A monthly insight from Academy of Cheese

Whether we are launching new courses, hosting cheese events or bringing you exclusive new offers, be the first to receive news from the Academy with our regular newsletter, packed with cheese content!

We also include additional learning resources to supplement your studies with us (or just learn a little about cheese if you’re not yet a delegate). This may include articles from our Patrons, Training Partners or Supporters, or links to re-watch masterclasses. There is always more to learn about cheese!

Newsletters include:

  • Industry news
  • Dates for your diary
  • New course updates
  • Cheese articles
  • Links to catch up on events
  • Exclusive perks

Exclusive discounts, offers and access

The Academy has partnered with a whole host of cheese industry brands to bring a variety of discounts and offers exclusively for Friends of the Academy. What’s more, Academy Friends will have unique access to view our full archive of masterclasses.

The perks will be regularly updated, be sure to check back regularly so you don’t miss out.

View this months Friend Perks

Academy Friends perks include:

  • Access to events archive
  • Free or discounted masterclasses
  • Competitions & Giveaways
  • Priority access
  • Cheese industry discounts

Who should become a Friend of the Academy?

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

Retail professionals


Food Writers


Chef’s & Restaurateurs

Fanatical foodies



Cheese Judges

Frequently asked questions

Anyone with an interest in cheese. You don’t need to have studied with us to become an Academy Friend, access our Cheese Library and enjoy the perks.

Of course! Whilst not every offer will be redeemable internationally, we still have a whole host of virtual events and exclusive perks for you to enjoy.

The £25 Friend package is valid for 12 months, we’ll send you an email when its time to renew.

If you are studying any of the Academy courses then you will already benefit from 12 months access to the Learning Road and Cheese Library. If you would like to take advantage of the exclusive perks then you will also need purchase the Friends of the Academy package, for £25 per year.