The Academy of Cheese held a special course at Westminster Kingsway College last week to showcase its newly launched professional training certification.
The day's training at Westminster Kingsway was attended by the academy's patrons, retailers, cheesemakers, wholesalers and potential training providers - who all successfully passed the Level One course.
Two years in development, the Academy of Cheese has been financially supported by businesses including Bradbury's, Tesco, Harvey & Brockless, Cropwell Bishop Creamery, Wyke Farms, Bridgehead Foods, Lincolnshire Poacher, Lynher Dairies and Stitchelton Dairy, many of whom attended the pilot course.
As a delegate on the Level One course, Kiran Dyer, marketing manager at Harvey & Brockless, said: "From my induction as an associate of the Academy of Cheese I can already see how invaluable certification will be, not just for the individuals that enrol but throughout the industry and ultimately to consumers as well. Recognised industry standards provide an excellent opportunity to inspire talented people. This will help to build a stronger future for cheese so that anyone who works in the sector can demonstrate their commitment and passion. Equally, consumers will become better informed about what they are buying and tasting - as knowledge is disseminated, standards are raised and people grow in confidence when talking about cheese. It's truly an exciting time to be part of this thriving sector."
Mary Quicke (pictured), who was responsible for the inception of the Academy of Cheese, commented: "I am immensely proud of what the academy has achieved. It is thrilling to see our supporters experience first-hand this initial stage of the programme."
To continue to develop the programme, the academy requires a minimum of £75,000. To discuss training or sponsorship opportunities contact firstname.lastname@example.org