Russell Smith, Dairy Australia

For the past 20 years, Russell has been involved at the consumer end of the cheese industry. As a retailer and distributor in Canberra, he forged a reputation as an advocate for the Australian cheese industry. He is passionate about cheese and the industry. Russell is a qualified cheesemaker who consults to cheesemakers in Australia and New Zealand. He has been judging dairy products in the major competitions in Australia since 1998. He is the chief judge for the Royal Sydney, Royal Queensland and Royal Perth Cheese and Dairy Shows. He is also the master judge for the New Zealand Cheese Awards. He continues his work in cheese education for the restaurant industry with an Australia-wide program of cheese sensory workshops for chefs. In 2010, he started a school’s cheese making program for science teachers/students which was organized by the Royal Brisbane Show. In 2012, this program was awarded the Peter Doherty Award for innovation in science education by the Queensland government. The program has proved such a success that Dairy Australia has funded the program and it was taken Australia-wide in 2013. Also in 2013, Dairy Australia published his training manuals for cheese and dairy judges, as well as one for chefs.