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Concha y Toro 10/07/2015

9 Tips To Prepare A Cheese Platter


Francisco Abadal, expert in fresh and gourmet produce at Coquinaria restaurant, advise us on how to prepare the perfect cheese platter.

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As we have seen in the past, wine and cheese complement each other well, as they allow us to experience and enjoy different flavors and textures.

Like wine, each cheese has its origin, its history and its distinguishing characteristics, and is very important to consider all these elements when preparing a platter to surprise your guests.

The following is a list of nine tips from Francisco Abadal, expert in fresh and gourmet produce at Coquinaria restaurant, that will help you succeed in the interesting task of preparing your own cheese platter:

1- When preparing a cheese platter, it is necessary to consider the accompaniment. Bread or cookies are essential.

2- Nuts such as walnuts and hazelnuts, and some dried fruits are a very good addition. The favorites are apples, grapes and figs.

3- If the platter includes blue cheese, honey will be an ideal complement.

4- A balsamic reduction goes well with mature cheeses.

5- The wine is and always will be a good companion.

6- A perfect cheese platter must have at least one cheese from each family:

– Aged cheese: Gouda, Swiss, Cheddar, etc.

– Soft cheese: Brie, Camembert, etc.

– Hard cheese: Gruyere, Jarlesberg, Monterey Jack, Provolone, etc.

– Blue cheese: Gorgonzola, Stilton, etc.

7- Alternatively, choose a cheese from each type of milk: goat, sheep and cow, to ensure that your platter includes several different flavors.

8- Cheese needs to be at room temperature, so it is recommended to have the platter ready 20 minutes before serving.

9- It is important to arrange cheeses on the platter from the softest to the more intense.

Were these tips helpful? Share your experience in the comments, and if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Cheers!


francisco abadalFrancisco Abadal is part of the group of experts that conduct different tastings at Coquinaria restaurant. The “Coquicatas” are aimed at an audience that wants to learn more about food and enjoy a delicious meal.

They cost is CLP $22,000, and that includes a giftcard for CLP $5,000 which can be used in the restaurant or in the emporium, where you will find a wide range of gourmet products. To register, you must send an email to Highly recommended!