George & Joseph Associate Certification ? November 2022

Want to learn more about cheese?  Become an Associate with George & Joseph, the award-winning specialist cheesemongers in Leeds.  This Level One course will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of cheese.  Delivered over one full day, the price includes cheeses to taste, refreshments and a light lunch and the Academy of Cheese Delegate’s Study Pack and Exam.



Do you like cheese but want to know more about where it comes from, how it’s made, how to look after it, and how to put together amazing cheeseboards?

This is where you get to learn more.  Come to our classroom-based course at our shop in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.  This Level One Academy of Cheese Associate Course starts at 09:30am and will finish circa 17:00, you’ll be led through the course by Stephen Fleming, the owner of George & Joseph. 

Stephen brings a wealth of cheese knowledge and an unrivalled passion for cheese following over ten years of working in the cheese industry first with his local market stall, then setting up the bricks & mortar shop in Chapel Allerton in 2013.

Here’s what he has to say about the course:

“When I started my cheesemongers business 10 years ago I knew very little about cheese myself – my previous career was in IT – but I knew that I loved it and I wanted to learn more.  I visited cheese makers, other cheesemongers, and read lots about cheese.  I gradually built up a lot of knowledge as time went on.

I love sharing my knowledge with my customers, so when the Academy of Cheese was created a couple of years ago, I decided to become one of their certified trainers.”

The Level One (Associate) course is aimed at anyone who enjoys cheese – there are no prerequisites to taking part.  It’s lots of fun, and there’s lots of cheese to try.  

Over the course of the day, Stephen will share lots of his knowledge with you, including:

  • The history of cheese, and what the future holds
  • The different styles and types of cheese, how they are made and sold
  • How to taste and appreciate different cheeses
  • How to put together an amazing cheeseboard to impress your friends and family, as well as tips on pairing drinks with cheese

At the end of the course you get to take a 30-minute, multiple choice online exam.  When you pass you’ll get a certificate and a highly coveted pin badge to show off your cheese expertise!

If you want to take your cheese education further you can continue to study Level Two, and Levels Three and Four are in the pipeline to help you become a Master of Cheese!

What’s included in the price?

  • A classroom based course over 1 full day. Commencing at 9.30am until 5pm.
  • Refreshments throughout the day and a light lunch will be provided.
  • 12 different cheeses to taste.
  • The Academy of Cheese Delegates pack
  • Introduction to the Academy’s own Structured Approach to Tasting
  • Access to the Level One online exam


Please note once the course is booked it is non-refundable. All bookings are final, however, if you are unable to attend you can reassign your booking to a new available date or to another person. We require 14 days’ notice prior to original booking date.

We reserve the right to cancel a course at short notice should events beyond our control make this unavoidable. Should this occur, delegates will be offered a place on our next available scheduled course or a full refund.

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.

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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