Patrick’s Academy of Cheese Level One classes have been tailored specifically for online learning to be accessible to both UK and overseas delegates. Fun, interactive and packed with information, they draw on Patrick’s 15-year career in cheese, which has seen him visit and learn from the best cheesemakers, maturers and cheesemongers in the world.
The online cheese course is taught across two webinars, hosted live by Patrick using powerpoint, video and interactive tasks. Students are taught in small groups of a maximum of 12 in a virtual ‘classroom’ with participants able to ask questions and interact with each other and Patrick.
NEW for 2023: Meet the cheesemaker and the cheesemonger. This year’s online classes will be joined by guest cheesemakers and cheesemongers for exclusive Q&A sessions with students to help bring cheese making, maturation and retailing to life.
Tutored tastings are a key part of the course. We can deliver a tasting pack containing 12 cheeses to delegates in the UK. For delegates who prefer to source their own cheese and/or are based overseas, the course can be purchased without the cheese delivery option at a reduced rate. Patrick will send a list of cheeses that he will be tasting. Most are easy to buy anywhere in the world (eg, cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, brie, gouda, pecorino)
Who should take part?
Anybody who loves cheese! Level One is popular with a huge range of people, including foodie members of the public, who want to increase their knowledge to share with friends and family, but also industry professionals: chefs, sommeliers, retailers, cheesemakers, wholesalers and food and drink writers.
Patrick has taught students from countries including India, Barbados, Nigeria, Singapore, Bosnia, India, Australia, France, Denmark, Germany, Canada and the US.
He is also happy to organise and run bespoke online courses for private groups, tailoring either Level 1 or Level 2 to your interests. Patrick has taught bespoke classes to cheesemakers, cheesemongers and major retailers.
Previous private classes run by Patrick have included a group of sommeliers in the Far East, an overseas family cheese business and a group of friends with a keen interest in wine in Manchester. Just drop him a line with your requirements and he will get right back to you.
- Two, three-hour webinars, taught by Patrick McGuigan 6.00pm – 9.00pm (UK time)
- 12 cheeses delivered to your home (only for UK delegates who sign up for the full-price course). Please note, many of the cheeses are made with raw milk and animal rennet and can’t be changed.
- The Academy of Cheese Delegates’ pack (pdf format for printing at home). This includes the Level 1: 25 Cheese Profiles Book (written by Patrick) and Cheese Tasting Sheets. Hard copies can be bought separately direct from the Academy.
- 12 months access to the Academy of Cheese Level One Learning Road and Cheese Library
- The Level One Exam
- Upon successful completion of the exam you will also receive a pin badge designating you as an Academy of Cheese Associate and a professional certificate suitable for framing
About Patrick McGuigan
Patrick McGuigan is one of Britain’s leading cheese writers and communicators. He writes about cheese for titles including The Telegraph, The Financial Times and Delicious, and has contributed to BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme. His first book, The Philosophy of Cheese, published by The British Library, was published in October 2020.
His 15-year career in cheese has has seen him visit and learn from cheesemakers, affineurs and cheesemongers everywhere from the Swiss Alps to the pastures of Vermont, and throughout the UK.
He is also a senior judge at the World Cheese Awards, a member of the Guilde des Fromagers and the co-founder of the British Cheese Weekender and London Cheese Project festivals. He holds the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines.
What delegates are saying
”You have been a fantastic teacher! It has been a pleasure to share your experience and passion and I have appreciated your good sense of humour throughout. Thanks once again Master Gouda (like my Master Yoda)!” Stephaine H.
“Patrick is a walking cheese encyclopedia and, most importantly, he can teach.” Richard J.
“Huge thanks to Patrick for being an awesome online tutor!” Megan H.
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.
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