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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

From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve we have got all your cheese needs covered with this online masterclass in association with the experts at the Academy of Cheese.


Join our online masterclass on Monday, 13 December at 6pm and find out how to select, pair and cook with cheese. 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 this festive season– from learning how to select your cheese, what to serve with it and how to use up any leftovers (if you have any!), followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Your masterclass itinerary

Cheese selection on table

In this live webcast, Hero Hirsh – Head of Retail for legendary cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield, cheese judge and trainer with the Academy of Cheese – and BBC Good Food’s Group magazines editor and cheese enthusiast, Keith Kendrick, will guide you seamlessly from Christmas Eve to New Year with the best cheeses for each of these momentous occasions. You will learn when and what to serve them with, how to care for them and how to taste each cheese. You will be introduced to some stunning cheeses perfect for all the celebrations. They’ll be tasting and discussing six different styles of cheeses, which you can find in cheesemongers and at supermarkets if you’d like to taste along:

Here’s what they’ll be trying:
Stichelton, Beaufort, Mont D’Or, Etoile de Gatine, Kirkhams Lancashire and Tunworth

Alternative cheeses: Le Gruyere AOP, Mature Cheddar, Lincolnshire Poacher

Mont D’or
Alternative cheeses: Rollright, Baronet, Winslade
Alternative cheeses: Blue Stilton, Cornish Blue, Wrekin Blue

Kirkham’s Lancashire
Alternative cheeses: Any Lancashire cheese

Etoile de Gatine
Alternative cheeses: Little Lily, Cabecou, Capricorn goats

Alternative cheeses: Any Camembert, Coulommiers

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.


  • Selecting and Purchasing cheese for the festive period
  • How to care for your cheese
  • How and what to serve it with and leftovers recipes
  • Taste-along session to understand the style of cheese and how to taste it
  • 30 minute Q&A

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