As Australia’s largest cheese education and appreciation company, McIntosh & Bowman specialise in tasting events with artisan and farmhouse cheeses produced by the very best cheese makers from Australia and around the world.
We support and promote cheese makers who use the kind of traditional cheese making techniques that are endangered by modernisation and standardisation in the food industry. We and are proud advocates of ‘Slow Food’ principles, which protect the biodiversity and quality of our supplier’s cheese. With these suppliers, our principled foundations and a commitment to excellence in presentation, research and anticipating customer needs, McIntosh and Bowman set the standard in cheese catering and education.
We aim to boost the Australian public’s knowledge of and interest in the wonderful world of cheese through a series of appreciation courses, activities, cheese making workshops and local and international cheese tours.
Since 2006, McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemongers have been offering cheese lovers of Australia the opportunity to explore and indulge their passion for all things cheese with a variety of tasting events, culinary tours and cheese making workshops.
Claudia Bowman is passionate about representing local product, and first and foremost cheese. Claudia Bowman has spent the last 15 years selling, making, eating and presenting cheese.
Claudia established her own business in 2006 catering for both private and corporate events and hosting cheese master classes at Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour.
Her business, Cockatoo Enterprises Pty Ltd, has since grown and is now located on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, in which she continues to run The Australian Cheese and Wine Experience – a cheese tasting and education experience open to the public.
In 2011 Claudia launched her award-winning iPhone and Android app Ask The Cheesemonger, the ultimate cheese app with hundreds of detailed cheese profiles, expert advice on matching cheeses to wine and even a cheese game.
Ask The Cheesemonger, at one time, rated as one of SMH’s top 25 Food Apps. The app profiled hundreds of cheeses and featured a superior search function (so cheeses could be searched by milk type, cheese style, country of origin, rennet type) and an FAQ section to answer questions such as ‘what’s the difference between brie and camembert?’
The same year, Claudia was invited to join the Supreme Panel of International Cheese Judges at The World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, UK.
In 2012, Claudia again joined the elite palates in cheese standing with Australian Culinary greats Neil Perry, Simon Johnson and Will Studd when she was inducted into the most prestigious French cheese association Guilde Internationale des Fromages and awarded the title Garde et Jure – Protector and Judge of Dairy Products and Cheese makers for her contribution to the cheese world, at what was the 130th induction chapter in the Guilde’s history.