Flavour Tastings and Events started in 2013 as the UK's first specialist cheese tasting company. The vision has always been to educate, inform and inspire people to know more about British cheeses through educational and fun events! We quickly realised that it was actually very hard to find some of the great artisan cheeses in the UK and so set up an online shop specialising in British cheeses. Thankfully, we've found there are lots of cheese lovers out there who love to try new cheeses and so we launched our monthly cheese tasting box scheme which is very popular!
As much as Flavour is about cheese, it's about people. We love the variety of people we meet along the way at our events and our friendly team is only too happy to chat a bit about themselves as well as the cheeses with our guests! In case you'd like a bit more information here's a brief low-down on our fabulous team!
Flavour Founder and Event Manager
Louisa started life as a scientist and worked in the commercial science sector. Her experience in running team building events as part of her management role and her love for cheese inspired her to start a business that combined both! Passionate about British cheeses she loves to visit the producers, discover new cheeses and unusual matches! “I love people and cheese!” she says. “Passion has got to be a key ingredient for any business and I’m lucky enough to have lots of that for what we do at Flavour.” Louisa holds a Diploma in Cheese and you will see her run a lot of the Flavour Tastings.
Ian has had an eclectic career including an spending over 40 years in the NHS and private health sector in management roles. He later decided to pursue avenues closer to his heart including re-training as a counsellor, life coach and clinical hypnotherapist! A devotee to, and determined consumer of cheeses, his long-term friendship with Louisa led inevitably to an association with Flavour Tastings. Ian assists Louisa in running tastings – a role that he enjoys hugely – and with a shared passion for widening peoples’ understanding and appreciation of the variety and versatility of cheese.
Chief Technology Manager
Husband to Louisa, Ralf also has a Diploma in cheese and is an avid fan of British Cheeses. His role is to assist in some of the tastings as well as being Chief Technical Manager for Flavour. He is responsible for all the background systems that make the business work! Ralf enjoys photography, nature and cheese of course!
Events and Logistics Assisant
As a part time member of our team, Donna helps with the online shop as well as at our bigger tastings. She is fabulous at making our cheese boxes look good and helps keep us organised! Donna has many years' experience in packaging and despatch, and has also worked in the catering industry in various roles. She loves cheese, wine, cooking, good food and excellent company.
Amber is a new recruit to Flavour and you will see her at many of our tastings. A part time member of the hospitality team, she is great at making our events run smoothly. Mum of 2, she is an avid baker and cheese lover!
Customer Feedback and Creative Consultant
Becca assists with new ideas on an ad-hoc basis. She is full of good ideas and as one of our customer champions is a great 'voice' within Flavour. Her day job is actually Youth Director at a Surrey Church and so she is particularly good with Social Media!
We also work with some amazing partners including The Real Champagne Company, The Surrey Wine School, Upperton Vineyard and Langhams Brewery. We also recommend Taurus Wines as a great independent wine merchant to purchase some fab wines to go with our cheese!
Additionally we also members of the Hampshire and Surrey Chambers of Commerce and proud to work along side other local businesses.