Cheese board with crackers

BBC Good Food masterclass online – Cheese

Learn how to put together a cheeseboard, what to look for when buying cheese and how to pair cheese with different foods, plus discover expert tasting tips

Discover what to look for when buying cheese and how to pair it with different foods and accompaniments with this online masterclass in association with the experts at the Academy of Cheese Academy of Cheese.


Join our online masterclass on Thursday, 21 October at 6pm and find out how to select, pair and cook with cheese for your everyday needs or a special occasion. Tickets are £12.50.

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What’s in the masterclass?

This hour-long live webcast will help you understand and develop your enjoyment of cheese – from learning how it is made, to understanding how to match different cheeses with other food, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Your masterclass itinerary

Cheese selection on table

In this webinar, Patrick McGuigan – cheese expert, senior judge for the World Cheese Awards, author and trainer with the Academy of Cheese – and BBC Good Food’s Group magazines editor and cheese enthusiast, Keith Kendrick, will enhance your knowledge of cheese, guiding you through the complex flavours and aromas that makes each one unique. You will be introduced to some stunning cheeses and discover how to pair different styles of cheese with a range of accompaniments that go well beyond chutney. Expect some real eye-opening surprises.

They’ll be tasting and discussing five different styles of cheeses and their perfect pairings, which you can find in cheesemongers and at supermarkets if you’d like to taste along:

Here’s what they’ll be trying:

Sinodun Hill and black cherries in kirsch
Alternative cheeses: Dorstone, Pouligny St Pierre, Tor

Gorwydd Caerphilly with dark chocolate
Alternative cheeses: Duckett’s Caerphilly, Appleby’s Cheshire, Richard III Wensleydale

Brie de Meaux and pickled cabbage
Alternative cheeses: Baron Bigod, Camembert de Normandie, Chaource

Oveja Negra Manchego and anchovies
Alternative cheeses: Corra Linn, Pecorino, Berkswell

Colston Bassett Stilton and parkin
Alternative cheeses: Stichelton, Bath Blue, Sparkenhoe Blue

The presentation will be recorded and will be available to all who purchase to watch up to 10 times.

Want to get a head start?

Download the Academy of Cheese flavour wheel and get introduced to five simple flavours that will help you with your tasting knowledge.


  • How cheese is made, the different styles of cheese and how to store it
  • How to taste cheese
  • Taste-along session to understand what works and why
  • 30-minute Q&A

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