Gina Dal Santo is a cheese enthusiast who’s made a career out of bringing that passion to others. A founding cheesemaker and lecturer at The Artisan Cheese Making Academy Australia (ACMAA), which operates as part of TAFE SA, Gina received the Dairy Industry Association Manufacturing Scholarship in 2011 and Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2015 for her efforts to improve educational opportunities in artisanal cheesemaking in Australia. Gina has a Certificate III in Food Processing.
Gina is also one of many industry volunteers who helped develop new qualifications in cheesemaking, brewing, distilling, and fermenting as part of the Artisanal Food and Beverage Project managed by Skills Impact on behalf of the Food and Beverage Industry Reference Committee. The most recent feather in her cap is being a finalist for the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award at the Australian Training Awards, which recognises excellence and initiative in training, a focus on learner needs, and a commitment to VET teaching and learning.