Cheese Classes with Le Bouchon Breton’s Frommelier

Cheese classes at Le Bouchon Breton

Since launching in October last year, popular Spitalfields brasserie Le Bouchon Breton – sister restaurant of Le Bouchon Bordelais in Battersea – has become a favourite with cheese lovers thanks to a Gallic trolley selection that boasts 40 different regional varieties. Having recently appointed its own cheese buyer or 'frommelier', Jean-Claude Ali-Cherif (pictured), it is now running a series of six masterclasses in cheese on the last Tuesday of the month.

Each month, 10 cheeses will be selected according to the best of the season, served, one by one, with freshly baked bread. Each will then be matched by something special from the restaurant’s impressive 600-bin wine list; as head sommelier Donald Edwards puts it, ‘I’ll be raiding the cellar’.

Thus you might sample Murol, a mild cow’s cheese from Auvergne, with a glass of 2002 Nicolas Feuillate Rosé Champagne; Couronne Lochoise, a creamy, ash-rimmed goats’ cheese from the Loire Valley alongside a 2007 Pouilly-Fumé; Beaufort, a gritty Cheddar-esque cow’s cheese from the Rhône-Alpes, paired up against a 2006 Meursault; or a full-blown Epoisses, teamed with a 2002 Sauternes.

Tasting notes will be provided, but the style of the evening is relaxed and informal, with a group of no more than 14 sitting around a communal table. As you might expect, Cherif is hugely passionate about cheese and is delighted to answer any and all questions, while the same goes for Edwards when it comes to all thing vinous.

Spaces are strictly limited, so early booking is advised – call 0800 019 1704. Tickets are £50pp, which includes all the cheeses, fresh bread and matched wines.

Cheese Master Class Dates for 2009
Tuesday 31 March (starts 6pm)
Tuesday 28 April (starts 6pm)
Tuesday 26 May (starts 6pm)
Tuesday 30 June (starts 6pm)
Tuesday 28 July (starts 6pm)
Tuesday 25 August (starts 6pm)