Sam Wilkin Associate Certification - 2 Session Course

Sam’s Academy of Cheese Level One classes are accessible both here in the UK and around the world.

We will meet for two x 2.5 hour weekly webinars. The sessions will be fully interactive, in fact discussion is encouraged, and together we will discover the amazing word of cheese. Each group will number no more than 12 which will give everyone a chance to get involved.

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Sam’s Academy of Cheese Level One classes are accessible both here in the UK and around the world.

We will meet for two x 2.5 hour weekly webinars. The sessions will be fully interactive, in fact discussion is encouraged, and together we will discover the amazing word of cheese. Each group will number no more than 12 which will give everyone a chance to get involved.

If you are based in the UK we can deliver a tasting pack containing 10 cheeses. If you’d prefer to source your own or live outside of the UK you can purchase the course at a lower price – cheese is encouraged though!

Who should take part?

Do you love cheese?  Yes?  Then I’m talking to you!  If you love but want to gain a richer understanding of cheese then The Academy of Cheese is the place to be.

Whether you’re a passionate foodie or you work in speciality food or hospitality these courses will provide a solid foundation that will instil a lifelong passion for great cheese!

What’s included?

Two, 2.5 hour webinars, taught by Sam Wilkin 6:00pm – 8:30pm (UK time)
10 cheeses delivered to your home (only for UK delegates who sign up for the full-price course).
The Academy of Cheese Delegates’ pack (pdf format for overseas participants). This includes the Level 1: 25 Cheese Profiles Book and Cheese Tasting Sheets
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

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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