Kate Arding

Bio: Kate Arding is an independent dairy consultant specializing in small-scale cheese production and co-founder and Cheese Director of culture, the acclaimed consumer cheese magazine.

Kate has worked in the farmstead cheese industry for 20 years, beginning at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. In 1997, Kate moved to California to help establish Tomales Bay Foods.

Since 2003, Kate has worked extensively in the US and overseas, specializing in affinage and helping small-scale cheesemakers adapt to changing market demands. In addition, she is thoroughly involved with the production of culture magazine.

Kate is a regular judge for the ACS and has judged at the British Cheese Awards, the World Cheese Competition, and many regional cheese events. Kate lives in NY State.


Statement of Intent: I am especially interested in expanding the educational work of the ACS and bringing it to a wider audience—including both consumers and those in the trade (cheesemakers, retailers, importers, and distributors). I believe my understanding of and involvement in print and digital media through culture, as well as a strong background in farmstead cheese, puts me in a unique position to help co-ordinate the outreach of ACS resources.

In addition, because of my extensive cheese judging experience, I would be interested in collaborating with David Grotenstein and Todd Druhot to help streamline the current competition process.