Sherly’s Kitchen in Zurich: Hands-On Swiss Cooking Classes in English

With a new space in Zurich’s Wollishofen neighborhood, Sherly’s Kitchen — which started about two years ago — offers cooking classes, workshops and other events. I recently attended the Swiss Cheese Master Class in this bright, welcoming classroom and professional kitchen. If you are looking for opportunities to learn more about Swiss cheese, chocolate and baking in English, Sherly’s Kitchen is a great place to start.

Meet Sherly – a certified cheese sommelier, cooking instructor and the founder/owner of Sherly’s Kitchen.

When I arrived early on a Friday evening to Sherly’s Kitchen, I was warmly greeted by none other than Sherly herself. She has lived in Switzerland now for 13 years, and her passion for food and cooking led her to leave a career working in food manufacturing and product development to pursue a new path as a cheese sommelier, cooking instructor and owner of Sherly’s Kitchen.

To become certified as a cheese sommelier in Switzerland, Sherly took and passed the Käse-Sommelier course at Die Weinausbildung in Nuolen, Switzerland, in the canton of Schwyz. As such, she has a real insider’s perspective into the world of Swiss cheese, which she gladly shares with students of her Swiss Cheese Master Class.

At Sherly’s Kitchen, here are some examples of classes and services that she offers:

During her classes, Sherly teaches both the technical and cultural aspects of cooking. She loves learning about food and teaching others about all that Switzerland has to offer in terms of high-quality local products, like chocolate and cheese. Those who have enrolled in her Swiss food classes include English-speakers living in the Zurich area and beyond, as well as anglophones visiting Switzerland who are looking to discover new Swiss foods during their visit.

A small selection of chocolate and cheese-related books and accessories are for sale at Sherly’s Kitchen.

In addition to her classes, Sherly’s Kitchen also has a blog where you will find recipes, like her “No-Fail Easy Cheese Fondue Recipe,” and cheese shopping advice, such as her recent post, “Where to buy cheese in Zurich.”

Swiss Cheese Master Class

The Swiss Cheese Master Class (CHF 139) that I took at Sherly’s Kitchen lasted three hours and took place in both the professional kitchen and the classroom/dining area. During the class, Sherly gave us a practical overview of Swiss cheese in a fun and informative way. Some of the specific topics she covered in the class included the cheese production process, wine and cheese pairing and cheese knives, among others. We also had hands-on activities, such as creating our own cheese plate and making individual Swiss cheese pies — Chäs-Chüechli (Swiss-German) / Käse Kuchen (German) / Ramequin au fromage (French).

So many wonderful Swiss cheeses to discover during the Cheese Master Class at Sherly’s Kitchen.

For the tasting portion of the evening, we sampled the various cheeses with two Swiss white wines — an Amigne from the canton of Valais and assemblage from the canton of Zurich. To accompany our cheese plate, she also supplied us with bread, grapes, dried fruit, nuts and honey. I enjoyed taking the time to savor and discuss all of the different cheeses with Sherly and the others in the class.

The atmosphere of the class was very welcoming and supportive, and she was very open to all of us asking questions throughout the evening. She had questions for us too, like, “What ingredient is used to curdle the milk?” Also, from the 11 cheeses she served us, we had to guess which one had earned the title of world champion… I won’t tell you which one, but I’ll admit I got it wrong!

My attempt at plating my cheese like a clock. Don’t worry – I went back for seconds!

As someone who already has a decent amount of experience with cheese in Switzerland, I still greatly expanded my knowledge during the Swiss Master Cheese Class at Sherly’s Kitchen. I left this class with a better understanding of Swiss cheese, as well as a greater awareness of my personal preferences. Plus, I had a nice evening tasting and cooking with Swiss cheese, trying a few Swiss wines and meeting some lovely new people.

Sherly’s Kitchen, Seestrasse 297, 8038 Zurich, info@sherlyskitchen.com, +41 (0)78 755 6386. 

Sheryl’s Kitchen – located within about a 5-minute walk from the Wollishofen train station.

Please note: I attended the Cheese Master Class as a guest of Sherly’s Kitchen. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are purely my own.

15 replies »

  1. This is so exciting. I great up eating Swiss food as my mom grew up in St. Gallen and we visited Zurich, St. Gallen, Appenzell and many other places when I was a child. I love so many Swiss foods, and look forward to reading your posts to come. Thanks for sharing this one!

    • Thanks for your thoughtful message! St. Gallen and Appenzell are two places I still need to visit! We are really enjoying our time here in Switzerland. I’m always open to suggestions about Swiss food to write about, so don’t hesitate to suggest something! 🙂

      • Sounds good. If I think of something I’ll let you know. Of course, schnitzel is my favourite, and recently my mom made Schnitzel with ham and gruyere cheese in the centre, and it was amazing!!! 🙂

      • Thanks! I really appreciate it. 🙂 Sounds like a Cordon Bleu, yes? I’ve made schnitzel at home before (but it’s been a while!), but need to try making it with ham & cheese! Many thanks for the reminder.

  2. Oh, that tête de moine! I fell i love with it during my time as a student in Bern, as well as with Gruyère and Appenzeller! Sounds like a great experience to solidify one´s knowledge about the Swiss cheese universe!

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