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The Irish School of Cheese is Ireland’s only independent cheese training, education and events service for businesses that buy, sell or serve artisan cheese. It was founded in 2019 by Avril Molloy, one of the foremost experts in artisan, farmhouse and homestead cheese in Ireland.  Our clients include some of Ireland’s best-known premier hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and speciality food retail and wholesale businesses.

About our Founder, Avril Molloy: In 2019, after a successful career in Human Resources and Training, Avril exchanged her corporate suit for jeans to train from the farm up as a Cheesemonger to follow her passion, food. After progressing to National Retail Manager at renowned Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, she studied in London with The Guild of Fine Food and Paxton & Whitfield, to become the first Academy of Cheese Training Partner in Ireland. Avril now delivers training, education and events for cheese retailers, wholesalers, luxury hotels and some of Ireland's top restaurants.
Avril’s goal is to ensure food businesses can confidently and successfully deliver a best-in-class cheese experience to their customers, increase sales, reduce waste and showcase the craft of farmhouse cheese makers.

Our Services

Cheese Shop Design

Whether you wish to open your dream cheese shop, or upgrade your existing speciality cheese offering, the Irish School of Cheese has all the experience and expertise you will need. From cheese counter design, range selection, cheesemonger recruitment and training, we are the one-stop-shop to provide objective advice not readily available in the market.

Bespoke Cheese Courses

The Irish School of cheese designs and delivers cheese courses or once-off training sessions tailored exactly to the needs of your business. Courses include the story behind each cheese in your range, how to keep cheese in the best condition, cutting, merchandising, waste reduction and sales skills. Customer-facing members of your team will be given the confidence to have great conversations with your customers.

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 or anyone with an interest in cheese. Start with studying 25 iconic cheeses and behind the scenes of the World's cheese industry, take an exam and receive a certificate. You can progress all the way to Level 4, Master of Cheese. Visit www.AcademyofCheese.org for details.

The Cheese Tasting Experience

This is the perfect way to reward employees, a guest activity for premium hotels, or market your food or drinks business to customers. Through tasting a selection of Irish and/or European Farmhouse Cheese and paired food and drinks, this masterclass includes tales of Irish history, terroir, culture, cheesemakers and anecdotes about the traditions surrounding the World’s love of curd.

Whatever activity your business is planning involving farmhouse cheese, Irish School of Cheese has the expertise you will need not readily available in the market.

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