The Fine Cheese Co. Associate Level Classroom Course - April 2022

Whether you are an amateur cheese enthusiast looking to learn more, or a professional already in the industry, the Level One course is open to everyone who wishes to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for cheese.

£199.00

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Whether you are an amateur cheese enthusiast looking to learn more, or a professional already in the industry, the Level One course is open to everyone who wishes to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for cheese.

Our Cheese Specialist, Ben Hildreth, will guide you through the syllabus, including topics such as; how cheese is made, how to taste, describe and present cheese like an expert, and much more, to prepare you for your online Level One exam.

Who is the Level One course for?Everyone! Both cheese professionals already in the industry and amateur enthusiasts keen to learn more.  The Level One Accreditation is the perfect course for progressing your knowledge.

Why study with The Fine Cheese Co?

  • We have been cheesemongers and fine food specialists for over 30 years.
  • We have close relationships with the cheesemakers we work with.
  • You’ll have access to ongoing mentorship with one of our cheese specialists.
  • Small course sizes – only 6 delegates per course.
  • We are a retailer, wholesaler, importer, and exporter and have a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the cheese industry.

Your Tutor

Ben Hildreth – Cheese Specialist

A judge at the International, British, and Artisan Cheese Awards, Ben is responsible for visiting our cheesemakers and hand-selecting the cheeses we supply. These visits allow us to know exactly how to mature and develop each cheese to perfection, and also what makes our producers’ cheeses so unique. Ben has worked in the cheese industry for almost 10 years and has experience in retail, quality management, as well as sourcing and selecting.

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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