Quickes Associate Certification - 1 day course

At Quicke’s, we understand that great cheesemaking is an art. We’ve have been nurturing the Quicke family farm for nearly 500 years, crafting the very finest flavours from this idyllic corner of Devon. We use our years of experience and skills to capture the best expression of the grass, soil and seasons, and we’re very proud to be able to share some of that experience by running Academy of Cheese training, alongside Sam Wilkin.

£195.00

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Want to know your Le Gruyère from your Gorgonzola? Then Academy of Cheese Level One is for you! Becoming an Associate of the Academy of Cheese is the first step to developing a greater understanding and appreciation of cheese.

During this fun and engaging tutoring, you’ll discover a structured approach to tasting and be introduced to a range of tools to help you communicate more effectively about cheese. You’ll learn how cheese is made, how to assess quality, develop an understanding of the provenance and range of cheese available. This will be backed up with home study (and even more cheese tasting!).

At Quicke’s, we understand that great cheesemaking is an art. We’ve have been nurturing the Quicke family farm for nearly 500 years, crafting the very finest flavours from this idyllic corner of Devon. We use our years of experience and skills to capture the best expression of the grass, soil and seasons, and we’re very proud to be able to share some of that experience by running Academy of Cheese training, alongside Sam Wilkin.

Sam is an experienced cheesemonger supplying the high-end restaurant and hotel market.  Alongside his work in the trade, Sam produces his own Cellarman Podcast and The Fine Food Podcast for The Guild of Fine Food.  Sam is also a Judge at The World Cheese Awards, most recently in Bergen Norway.

The Level One: Associate course is a beginner level introduction to cheese, suitable for those starting a career in cheese, or people who love cheese and are interested in expanding their passion. This is the first step to becoming a master of cheese!

Find out more about the Academy of Cheese: https://academyofcheese.org/vision/

What will you learn?

  • Tutored tasting of a selection of delicious cheeses
  • Gain confidence and explore cheese more widely
  • Fun experience for any food lover
  • Accreditation has worthwhile outcomes for cheese professionals looking to enhance their career
  • Knowledge will be backed up by supported home study (and even more cheese tasting!)

What’s included?

  • A full day learning about cheese, including lunch at Hanlons Brewery and refreshments
  • A tour of the Quicke’s cheese dairy – see cheddar cheesemaking in action
  • The Academy of Cheese delegates pack, including the 25 Level 1 Cheeses Book, the Make Post-Make model and the Standard Approach to Tasting Cheese.
  • 12 month’s access to the Academy of Cheese Level 1 online knowledge base, study materials and Cheese Library
  • The Level 1 exam

Important information to read before booking:

Home Farm is a working farm so there are a few things we’d like to remind you of before you book.

  • You’ll be walking around a working farm which is likely to be muddy and uneven, so please bring appropriate footwear such as wellies or walking boots.
  • With our changeable British weather, it’s also sensible to bring waterproofs and extra layers.
  • Please note that the cheese stores stay cool (even in the summer!) so you might want an extra layer in there too.
  • Attendees must be over the age of 18.
  • The route is not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • When entering the dairy you’ll be asked to remove all jewellery (plain wedding bands are permitted), so it’s a good idea to do this beforehand for safekeeping.

Cancellations/Refunds 

1. We do not provide refunds once you have completed a booking. All bookings are final. However if you are unable to attend you can reassign your booking to another person – please let us know.

2. Transferring to a different AOC Level 1 date can only be made up to 21 days before your original AOC Level 1 date booked takes place and can only be done once. Transferring to a new AOC Level 1 date can only done provided there is space on the new date you wish to attend.

3. We reserve the right to cancel the event at any point, in which case refunds will be given.

4. We reserve the right to alter prices at any time.

Rachael Kinsella

Rachael Kinsella

Includes instant access to the Associate learning road and certification

  • How to describe the key ingredients used in cheesemaking and their purpose
  • Have an overview of the steps involved in cheesemaking and maturation
  • Understand the Academy of Cheese Make/Post-Make (MPM) Model
  • Understand how milk is produced
  • Recognise the condition of a soft mould-ripened cheese in terms of degree of ripeness
  • Understands cheese grading and its relevance
  • Understands the role of maturation and affinage in adding value to the product
  • Knows the different techniques to accelerate and decelerate ripening in soft mould-ripened cheese
  • Understand of how cheese is bought and transported including the term “chill chain”
  • Understand the importance of offering an appropriate range of cheeses for a cheese board
  • Select and use appropriate packaging, to wrap and re-wrap cheese
  • Be able to cut cheese using appropriate tools
  • Understand the importance of caring for, cutting and serving cheeses appropriate to the variety
  • Understands the key descriptors of cheese i.e. country of origin, species of milking animal, vegetarian/animal rennet, raw/pasteurised milk, MPM Model, protected status, age
  • Understands the principles of pairing cheese and drinks
  • An overview of the history of cheesemaking
  • Understand the differences between large scale and artisan production
  • Understand an overview of the nutritional value of cheese
  • Demonstrates good hand-washing techniques
  • Understand how to handle cheese safely
  • Understand the difference between “use by” and “best before”
  • Understands how to use the Academy of Cheese Level 1 Structured Approach to Tasting Model
  • Practical assessment of cheese using the model

At Level One you are required to study and taste 25 iconic cheeses. You will find details on each cheese in your delegates pack and in the online Cheese Library. Whether you attend an online or classroom course you will be expected to have tasted the 25 cheeses on the Level One list by the time of your assessment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
 
Use the Structured Approach to Tasting Cheese (SATC) sheet to record your tasting notes.

Whichever way you chose to study, you’ll need to take the online exam to become a certified Academy of Cheese Associate. It’s 30 questions in 30 minutes, you’ve got this! 
 

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