Academy of Cheese Brand

About the Academy of Cheese
It’s time to set the standard

Whether you have a professional or personal interest in cheese, the Academy of Cheese provides a comprehensive industry recognised accreditation. Everyone is welcome to share our knowledge and spread the appreciation of truly great cheese.

The Vision

In 2013 Mary Quicke approached the Guild of Fine Food to look at developing a professional cheese qualification in the UK, inspired by the Certified Cheese Professional qualification run by the American Cheese Society.

The industry representative group set up to examine this opportunity are the team behind the Academy of Cheese.

Our Mission

The Academy of Cheese is a new not-for-profit industry funded organisation. The Academy has been set-up to promote cheese knowledge and provide career development, both within the industry and amongst the wider public. It culminates in the highly qualified and industry accredited role of Master of Cheese. The programme will build knowledge and skills in the full cheese cycle; from cheesemaking through affinage to selling to consumers - in both retail and food service environments.

The Team.
Knowledgeable professionals who take pride in cheese.

Charlie Turnbull


Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas

Ros Windsor

Paxton & Whitfield

Mary Quicke


Tracey Colley

Academy of Cheese

John Farrand

Guild of Fine Food

Heritage Project

Starting with Cheshire we’re reaching out to Territorial cheesemakers, farming families and cheese enthusiasts, to help record an invaluable social history of traditional British cheeses.

Get involved with the Heritage Project
Our Patrons

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