Book now for NEW Ivan Larcher Workshop

Book now for NEW Ivan Larcher Workshop

ASCA Professional Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop with Ivan Larcher, November 2017 - book now

For professional cheesemakers, buttermakers and start-up cheesemakers who are ASCA members, a NEW 2-day workshop:'Professional Artisan Cheesemakers' Workshop with Ivan Larcher - techniques and tools to develop and improve cheeses and butters'

Melbourne, 28/29 November: 'Professional Artisan Cheesemakers' Workshop with Ivan Larcher - techniques and tools to develop and improve cheeses and butters'

We are pleased to confirm that ASCA will be offering a NEW Professional Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop with Ivan Larcher in November in Melbourne.

Bookings are now open.

Ivan Larcher is a world-renowned cheesemaker, educator and consultant, who provides technical support and training for artisan and farmhouse cheesemakers in the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, South America, the Middle East and Australia (see below for more information about Ivan and our cheesemakers’ responses to what he provides.)

ASCA arranges for Ivan to visit Australia twice a year. These workshops are a great opportunity for Australian artisan cheesemakers to access Ivan’s expertise, expertise which is not available elsewhere in Australia. 

Professional Artisan Cheesemakers' Workshop with Ivan Larcher - techniques and tools to develop and improve cheeses and butters
Melbourne, Tuesday 28 November and Wednesday 29 November 2017

Perfect for professional cheesemakers or those who want to become professional cheesemakers, and who want a structured small-scale classroom-style workshop over 2 days to learn what is required to make great artisan cheese. Or for those who want a refresher on professional artisan cheesemaking, including the latest tips and techniques for improving artisan cheese outcomes.

Led by world-renowned master cheesemaker and educator, Ivan Larcher, this workshop will provide you with the practical and scientific knowledge needed to create exquisite small-scale artisanal cheese.

This NEW workshop will involve an interactive practical discussion of various soft and hard cheeses, to show the different techniques and tools that cheesemakers in Australia have (including the various STANDA and other cultures now available here) to:

  • assess cheese qualities in order to be able to identify particular flaws/defects/characteristics;
  • use those techniques and tools to further develop and improve their cheeses.

We will examine a selection of commercially available small-producer Australian cheeses for this purpose, and Ivan will explain how you can use the various techniques and tools to improve their characteristics and qualities. For those of you willing to do so, we will include your cheeses. We will also cover butter if enough attendees are interested.

The workshop will cover:

    • Major characteristics of cheeses permitting to understand the cheese’s texture, aging profile, aging speed, flavour development
    • pH / lactates / moisture / fat / calcium / salt - so we can know MFFB, Ca/NFDM, Fat/DM, Salt/H2O
    • comparison between healthy zone and zone with defects.
    • Using a common vocabulary to assess cheeses: common descriptors for texture, smells, flavors, tastes, sensations
    • Understanding flavours/smells in cheeses during ageing (proteolysis, lipolysis, glycolysis), how to identify them by the nose/tongue, and how to enhance, avoid or adjust them in cheesemaking.
    • Developing and using spider graph organoleptic profile for organoleptic characteristics and how to use variations to adjust your cheesemaking.
    • Texture defects (chalky, runny, too dense ...)
    • Flavour defects (bitter, rancid, acrid ...)
    • Ageing speed problems (too slow / too fast) and ageing conditions (too dry/windy...)
    • Use of cultures to adjust aromatic profiles…
  4. IN PRACTICE: Use actual cheese values / defects / spidergraph profiles of existing cheeses and recommendations : live exercises.

Part of the workshop will be set aside for Ivan to address individual cheesemakers' issues - issues might be specific to a style of cheese, general or specific issues in the cheesemaking process or problems or opportunities facing cheesemakers. 

Other workshop details

  • Ivan teaches the methods and tools used by the great cheesemakers of the world, in a practical way that enables cheesemakers to apply the techniques to their own cheesemaking.  They do not require you to buy expensive equipment.
  • 2-day interactive small-scale workshop, including extensive notes and plenty of opportunities to ask questions
  • Opportunity to bring along cheeses for evaluation by Ivan, both good and bad (don't be shy, we all have them!)
  • Lunch and morning/afternoon tea/coffee included each day
  • Available exclusively to ASCA Cheesemaker, Start-Up Cheesemaker and Buttermaker members, and the cost is subsidised by ASCA

Dates and times          

Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 November 2017
9am to 4.30pm each day


(To be confirmed)
Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV)
Gate 5, Lang Road
Flemington, Victoria 3031

Cost (inc GST)                     



Book here

Access to venue

The RASV is easily accessed by public transport or car (free carparking available onsite), and close to Melbourne airport

ASCA gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the RASV in hosting this workshop.

We look forward to seeing many members at these workshops, which will also serve as important networking and information-sharing sessions for our Cheesemaker and Start-Up Cheesemaker members.

Cheesemaker responses to Ivan Larcher

By way of background for those who don't know him, Ivan is a world-renowned cheesemaker, educator and consultant. He visits Australia twice a year exclusively for ASCA to work with our cheesemaker members. 

Many of you have participated in Professional Cheesemaking Workshops we have run with Ivan in previous years in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Others would have experienced his one-on-one consultancies or his various NCDE webinars.

The feedback is that Ivan's practical expertise and ability to communicate it to our cheesemakers is outstanding. A typical comment was "I can highly recommend him and really no one in our industry should miss this opportunity." See here for more comments from ASCA cheesemakers about Ivan's teaching and expertise.

Ivan's expertise is highly sought-after throughout the world, so it is difficult to get as much of his time as we would like. This is particularly now that he runs his own small dairy and cheesemaking business on the farm owned by he and his wife, Julie, in central France. Indeed, he has pulled out of much of the consulting and teaching work he did for many years in the UK and the US so that he can focus on his new business - and on Australia. 

Ivan is committed to continuing to visit Australia twice a year (and hopefully more often in future) to work with our cheesemakers and contribute to our growing artisan cheese industry.

Email Alison Lansley or phone 0419706343

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