Introducing the Big Four Cheeses – Affineur of the Year ’23 Tasting, with Perry Wakeman

Affineur of the Year is back and it’s bigger! Not just one cheese, but FOUR! To kick off this year’s competition, Academy of Cheese Director, Tracey Colley will be joined by the first ever Affineur of the Year champion, Perry Wakeman from Rennet & Rind. These industry experts will lead you through an introduction and guided tasting of the four cheeses.

Additional information


Virtual Masterclass


16th March 2023


6pm – 7pm (approx)

Your opportunity to taste through this year’s four competition cheeses with last year’s champion.

Essential Information:

When: Thursday 16th March 6pm – 7pm approx. (GMT)

Where: Virtual (zoom link will be emailed to you)

Language: English

Cost: Free

Baron Bigod

You will gain an understanding of why these are the perfect cheeses for the competition, learn the story behind each cheese, discover the different flavour profiles and hear Perry’s perfect pairings. At the end of the tasting, you will have the chance to ask Perry and Tracey your cheese-related questions.

If you’re currently studying towards an Academy of Cheese certification, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about affinage and fill in your tasting notes.

Taste Along With Perry

Rennet & Rind have put together a tasting box for the evening, so you can join in as Perry guides you through each cheese. The box, which contains approx. 200g of each cheese, crackers and tasting notes, is available to purchase online for £30 (plus P&P). Boxes will be limited, so make sure your get your order in early to avoid missing out.

The cheeses:

Quicke’s Clothbound Mature Cheddar

Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton PDO

Fen Farm’s Baron Bigod

Whitelake Cheese’s Solstice

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Essential Reading

Beginners guide to affinage

The Academy of Cheese has launched Affineur of the Year, but what does it mean to be an Affineur and why is it important?

Read our guide to affinage

beginners guide to affinage