Hakim Halim is the founder of Ripe Cheese, the world’s first all-Australian artisanal cheese shop.

Hakim moved to Australia from Singapore in 2011. In 2017, he pivoted from digital marketing to cheesemongering at the iconic Queen Victoria Market. Noticing a gap in the market for local cheeses, he founded Ripe Cheese, showcasing over 50 varieties from local artisan producers. Ripe Cheese was awarded the 2023 Melbourne Small Business of the Year and the 2022 and 2023 Australian Good Food Guide Readers’ Choice Winner. Also a judge at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, Hakim champions the Australian cheese industry, marking Ripe as an industry beacon.

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