Training and Education

Nathan Aldridge ACS CCP, CCSE Certified Trainer

    • Certified Cheese Professional with the American Cheese Society
    • Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator with the American Cheese Society
    • Authorized Educator for the ACS CCP
    • IDDBA Certified Salumiere
    • Over 18 years of Cheesemonger & Cheesemonger training experience
    • Developer of industry-leading Cheesemonger training program in the country
    • Has trained over 3,500 Cheesemongers nation wide
    • Expert in cheese shop operations
    • Motivational speaker
    • Is dedicated to the growth of community throughout the cheese industry by educating with passion and authenticity 


"It is our job as Cheesemongers to ensure the customer receives each cheese the way the cheese maker intended it to taste"

-Nathan Aldridge

Institut Du Fromage

The Institut du Fromage (IDF) is an elite cheese education training course dedicated to spreading knowledge and understanding of cheese to both professionals in the food and wine industries as well as, keenly interested laymen. 

IDF training is led by some of the most experienced and successful cheese makers, cheesemongers, chefs, and affineurs, allowing students access to the most exciting minds in cheese today. 

IDF courses reflect material covered in the American Cheese Society (ACS) body of knowledge and help prepare students for the Certification Exam for Cheese Professionals (CCP) offered by the ACS. 

About Our Instructor 

He began his cheese career in 2005 as a Cheesemonger in NYC’s busiest cheese shop, Murray’s Cheese. He held many positions in his 13-year tenure at the temple of cheese, including Cheesemonger, Assistant Store Manager, Store Manager, Field Merchandising Specialist, Director of Operations, and VP of National Operations. He had a hand in training over 3,500 Cheesemongers throughout his career. He is known for his passionate & fun approach to spreading the gospel of cheese. 

Now as the Manager of Education for the Institut Du Fromage, he teaches classes across the country. His expertise involves Training & Development, Educational Event Planning, Product Assortment, Cheese Shop Operations, and Customer Service. He's dedicated to educating & motivating Cheesemongers and promoting great cheese producers. He is an ACS CCP, ACS CCSE, an Authorized ACS CCP Instructor, and an IDDBA Certified Salumiere. For training designed to drive sales and increase customer satisfaction, you’ve come to the right place!

Training & Education

The Industry’s Leader in Specialty Food Education
At the Institut Du Fromage we have a vast array of in-person and virtual classes designed to not only educate but also to motivate you and your teams to drive sales through a passion for our products, power of knowledge, and exceptional customer service. Our industry-leading training modules are flexible and are tailored to fit your company’s specific training needs.


Classes Offered

  • Cheese 101, 201, 301
  • Charcuterie 101, 201, 301
  • Food Safety 
  • Customer Service
  • Pairing Principles
  • Cross-Selling & Up Selling
  • Cutting & Wrapping
  • Merchandising
  • Cheese Shop Operations 
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Deep dives into each category of cheese & Charcuterie
  • Wine & Cheese Pairings
  • Beer & Cheese Pairings
  • Meet the Cheese Maker
  • We can develop any training you need

Specialty Food Certifications

If charcuterie is a category you are looking to become more knowledgeable about, we have a training program for that as well.  The IDDBA recognized the need for more knowledge in the cured meat category and build their certification process to ensure that everyone in the industry is speaking the same language when it comes to charcuterie. This exam takes place every year at the IDDBA show.


As one of the few Authorized Educators for the American Cheese Society, I can help you and your team achieve the impressive ranks of Certified Cheese Professional (ASC CCP), and Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator (ACS CCSE). Both certifications were designed to improve level of knowledge in the cheese industry and encompasses several areas of focus such as: Food Safety, Customer Service, Importing & Exporting, Dairy Farming, Cheese Making, Affinage, and Sensory Evaluation. We have study courses that span over several months to help you prepare for earning your certifications. The exams take place at the American Cheese Society Conference every year.

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