Melanie Browne

Mel has been teaching cheesemaking for half a decade, and has been running The Cheesemaking Workshop’s amazing deli since they opened their doors at The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour.

Extensively-travelled, she brings her constant curiosity and breadth of experience to cramming the deli’s shelves with cheese from across Australia and the world. Constantly sourcing the new and usual, the cheese selection in the deli is constantly changing depending on what she can find. As well as being our die-hard in-house cheese monger, Mel is very generous with her knowledge – so ask her anything!

Mel has worked extensively in tourism, hospitality and retail. Her skills in creating and running our deli saw her win Young Entrepreneur at Sunny’s Business Awards in 2016.

A self-professed travel addict, she is a born and bred Coffs local. Returning to the area after several years spent living in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Western Australia and Canada – with trips to the UK, Asia, Mexico and the United States in between. She moved back to explore her long held dream of cheese.

Why does she love working with cheese? “Cheese constantly keeps me interested,” she says. “It has such a huge history. You could learn about it your entire life and still only scratch the surface, plus it tastes delicious. We say that cheese is good for the soul – and it really is!”