Neil Willman

Chef

Many of our recipes are created by Master Cheesemaker, Master Cheese Grader and Master of Cheese, Neil Willman.

Neil is Principal of the New Zealand Cheese School and has trained most Australian and many New Zealand cheesemakers, cheese judges, food media, and cheese lovers through Melbourne University and now the New Zealand Cheese School.

For 22 years, Neil has been a specialist cheese competition judge in Australia and 4-time guest judge at the World Championship Cheese Contest in the USA. He has also been a guest judge at the British Cheese Awards and twice, the Master Judge of the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards. A veteran of over 100 competitions, he remains the Head Judge of the two largest dairy competitions in Australia.

Neil has represented Australia as Australia’s Cheese Master in a regional promotion of Australian cheese in a 5 nation program. Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

He regularly conducts in-house training programs for Australian cheese manufacturers and conducts international training programs for Japanese, Chinese and Korean cheese industries for the peak Australian dairy organisation.

Neil has written most of the training manuals for the Australian and New Zealand cheese industries. His most recent work is a book for home cheesemakers, Cheese – The Guide to making your own and Home Cheesemaking.

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