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The Irish School of Cheese provides specialist training to food businesses that buy, sell or serve speciality farmhouse cheese. Training can be delivered on-site or online. Programs include:

Bespoke Courses: Training programmes or once-off sessions can be tailored to the needs of your business. Typical content includes how to keep stock in the best condition possible, cheese provenance, storage, cutting, merchandising and waste reduction. For customer-facing members of your team will be taught how to have great conversations with your customers. This will enhance the customers experience and increase sales.

Academy of Cheese Certificate Courses: Irish School of Cheese is an approved Training Partner for the renowned Academy of Cheese certificate Levels 1 and 2 for cheese professionals and consumers who love cheese. Start with studying 25 iconic cheeses and behind the scenes of the world cheese industry, take an exam and receive a certificate. This is similar structure to the WSET exam for wine, where you can progress to Level 4, Master of Cheese. Visit www.AcademyofCheese.org for details.

Masterclasses and Cheese Tasting Experiences for corporate promotional events, employee social and team-building activities and foodies. A fun and informal event where we take your guests on a journey through a cheeseboard. We will talk about the story behind each cheese, provenance, how it’s made, how to choose and care for cheese for different occasions and what drinks pair best.

The Irish School of Cheese was founded by Avril Molloy, an expert in farmhouse cheese and speciality food. Avril was previously Retail Manager for nine branches of the renowned Sheridans Cheesemongers. She has attained both Levels 1 and 2 of the Academy of Cheese certifications, studying with Paxton & Whitfield and The Guild of Fine Food in London to become Ireland’s first accredited Training Partner in Ireland. She has delivered cheese education projects with Bord Bia, Gleneely Foods, restaurants and speciality food clients. Avril is particularly enthusiastic about Irish farmhouse cheeses but loves to share her knowledge of cheeses from all over Europe.

Cheese courses for all!

For cheese courses to suit all levels of interest - whether it's food professionals, consumers or fellow cheese nerds who want to learn more about the worlds most beautiful cheeses, how they are made, their history, provenance and most importantly, how they taste!

Academy of Cheese certifications

The Academy has been set up to promote cheese knowledge and provide career development both within the food industry and the wider public. It culminates in the highly qualified and industry accredited certification of Master of Cheese. How it works.

Bespoke Training for business

I design and deliver bespoke cheese courses and training plans to suit your business needs. For wholesalers, retailers and food service organisations, on site at your business location. From short masterclasses in cheese care and quality control to long term training and development plans.

Food Tourism and corporate events

Whether you are a food tourist looking for a personalized tasting of Irish cheeses and the stories that brought them to be, a company wishing to hold a cheese tasting for an employee or company event, or a specialist wine or food retailer, I can design a tasting experience to suit your requirements.

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