Paxton & Whitfield Associate Certification – 3 session course: June 2022

Join Paxton & Whitfield in the new virtual classroom and study cheese with the UK’s oldest cheesemonger. This Level 1 course will take place virtually using Zoom on three Wednesday evenings – starting at 6pm each evening. Each delegate will receive a box of their tasting cheese delivered prior to each weekly session.

£175.00

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Join Paxton & Whitfield in the new virtual classroom and study cheese with the UK’s oldest cheesemonger.

This Level 1 course will take place virtually using Zoom on three Wednesday evenings – starting at 6pm each evening. Each delegate will receive a box of their tasting cheese delivered prior to each weekly session. The first box of cheese will include a detailed delegate pack and even a free acacia wood Paxton & Whitfield cheese board.

Level 1 is designed to appeal to anyone with a personal or professional interest in cheese. 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. You’ll improve your knowledge, learn how cheese is made, how to assess quality and develop an understanding of the provenance and range of cheese available. The price includes access to the online exam and official Academy of Cheese certification once you’ve passed the exam.

Whats included:

  • 3 x 2 hour webinars using Zoom
  • 3 cheese deliveries ahead of each weekly webinar
  • Academy of Cheese printed delegate pack including Level One 25 Cheese book
  • 12 month access to the Academy of Cheese online Learning Road and Cheese Library
  • Level One Exam
  • Certificate and Pin Badge upon completion of the exam

‘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.

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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