I am Namrata. I am a cheesemaker in Chennai, India.
My journey as a cheesemaker started in late 2016. Whilst I have always been passionate about food as a subject, explored local & regional cuisines, learnt about food anthropology, cooking techniques, ingredients; cheese was not the focus.
I learnt cheesemaking during a farm stay in Acres Wild, Conoor in November 2015 – I learnt to make feta and mozzarella, it was fascinating!
I soon found myself speaking to a friend and about 6 months later, we had set up a small artisan cheesemaking brand in an urban kitchen where we work with differently abled women. Then I started my quest to delve deeper into the art of cheesemaking and many books and travels, including a trip to Westcombe Dairy & lessons from Tom Calver. Later in 2018 December I was in Vermont, learning from David Asher at the School of New American Farmstead. In October 2020 I completed the Artisan Cheese & Sensory Fundamental Professional Certificate from the University of Vermont.
Käse is the brand founded by me and my friend & business partner Anuradha Krishnamoorthy. In 2021 we enter into our 5th year.
Conducting the Academy of Cheese Level 1 in India is a dream come true and during the course I will be sharing my learnings from my journey.