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Let’s Make Cheese

This four hour class is a good mix of demonstration and hands-on and we’ll make halloumi, mascarpone and mozzarella cheese and butter, using raw farm or Supermarket milk, vegetarian rennet and basic kitchen equipment.  The price of £70pp includes tea and homemade cake – served with warm freshly made mascarpone!

You’ll also receive a folder of recipes and theory – you do need to understand the science of turning milk into cheese!  Fun, relaxed and informative, Cutting the Curd Cheese Making Classes are a total immersion in all things cheese and dairy and include a cheesy competition and quiz!  You’ll take home a selection of the cheese/butter and leave with the skills and knowledge required to make a wide range of cheese, with techniques and tips for hard cheeses explained.  Cheese kits (£30) will be available for purchase for those who’d like to get started at home straight away!

A popular activity for hen parties and corporate days with gift vouchers available too, ideal for those you know who are keen foodies!

About Us

First taught to make cheese almost 20 years ago (and having also undertaken training in commercial cheese manufacture) qualified teacher Louise Talbot combines her passion for cheese and teaching others new skills, at her Cutting the Curd Cheese Making Classes.

Having grown up on her parents’ family farm in NZ, Louise has a natural affinity with the land with a heart very much in the country.  Some of her happiest childhood memories include carrying enormous trays of home baking across the farmyard for shearers tea breaks;  eating charred  baked potatoes dripping in butter after a controlled fire had roared through  stubble fields and the sounds and smell of Grandad Alexanders’  milking parlour and docile jersey cows.

Louise is an Academy of Cheese Training Partner and member of the Specialist Cheese Makers Association and The Guild of Fine Foods and guest tutor at many Cookery Schools, including Waitrose, Leiths School of Food and Wine, Divertimenti and WI Denman College and is also a World Cheese Awards, Global Cheese Awards and Great Taste judge.

Mother to two grown-up sons in agriculture, Louise is very concerned about global food production and food security in the future too.

And if there’s any spare time, she can be found either enjoying her garden or flower arranging, preparing home cooked meals for friends and family or walking much loved pets – a black Labrador and an adorable, but rather naughty beagle!



“Thank you VERY much for Saturday’s inspiring and informative lesson on making your own cheese.  Not only producing it but giving so much knowledge on cheese itself.  The time whizzed by and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole morning!”


“Very friendly, very professional, extremely interesting notes, extremely comprehensive – right no. of people for hands on. Everything makes you want to dash home and make cheese.”


“This was a great course, thoroughly enjoyed it and am going away inspired – very good instructions & lovely relaxed atmosphere.”


“Thank you Louise.  The course was very informative, well presented, very professional and I can’t wait to get started.”


“Great workshop, great presentation, great fun.”


”Very, very interesting and informative.  Also lovely and informal – very friendly.  Tasting the cheeses as well – delicious!!  Many thanks.”

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I’m delighted that you would like to enrol on a Cheese Making Class and look forward to meeting you in person!

You’ll sample cheese as its made and also take a selection home with you. The class is a good mix of demonstration, hands-on, theory and tasting. Taught in theatre style with one saucepan of milk, it’s up to you as to how involved you’d like to be!

I’m also taking private classes during this period so please do be in touch if you’d like to get a group together!
These classes are fun and informative for team building days and hen parties too!


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