Paxton & Whitfield Associate Certification – 1 day course

Level 1 is designed to appeal to anyone with a personal or professional interest in cheese. This will be our first in-person Academy of Cheese Training Programme since lockdown and will take place in historic Jermyn Street, London. It is a full-day event, starting at 9am. The price includes the Academy of Cheese delegate pack, access to the online exam, a light lunch and refreshments.

£195.00

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Paxton & Whitfield are proud to be partnering with the Academy of Cheese to offer their Level 1 Cheese Training Programme.

Level 1 is designed to appeal to anyone with a personal or professional interest in cheese. This will be our first in-person Academy of Cheese Training Programme since lockdown and therefore the price will be £195 as opposed to the virtual price of £175.

You will: Learn to taste like a pro: discover a structured approach to tasting and be introduced to a range of tools for effectively communicating about cheese. Improve your knowledge: learn how cheese is made, how to assess quality, develop an understanding of the provenance and range of cheese available.

The course takes place in historic Jermyn Street, London and is a full-day event, starting at 9am. The price includes the Academy of Cheese delegate pack, access to the online exam, a light lunch and refreshments.

If this is a gift a letter can be provided for the recipient. Please call 0207 9300259 with the additional details for the letter.

Don’t just take our word for it – here’s some feedback from our Academy of Cheese course graduates:

‘Very good class, good start with amazing cheese tasting, followed by a great class covering a lot of subjects around cheese. Perfect gift for cheese lovers’ – Isabelle Norgate

‘Great course led by real cheese-lovers!’ – Barbara Prokop

‘I adored this course/day, and have learnt so much. If you’re a cheese aficionado or just a cheese fan then there’s something for everyone’ – Becky Johnson

Cancellations

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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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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