An evening with William Sitwell & Jesse Dunford Wood
Cookalong TV is partnering up with Muscular Dystrophy UK to create an unforgettable evening of fine food and wine.
As a guest at this exclusive charity event, your host, William Sitwell, will take you on a guided wine tasting of three distinct and delicious bottles. To complement your wines, the esteemed Jesse Dunford Wood will teach you how to make a tantalising British menu, followed by a rare Q&A — where you can learn tips and tricks from some of the most respected experts in the world of fine dining. Proceeds from this digital cookalong will go to a fantastic cause. Not only will you have an amazing time, in supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK, you’ll be helping to beat muscle-wasting conditions too.
- An amazing evening hosted by William Sitwell
- A cooking masterclass with Jesse Dunford Wood: learn how to cook two courses of food paired with William's wine. (A full list of ingredients will follow via email to all ticket holders.)
- 3 x bottles of wine delivered to your door
- A message from Gabby Logan, MDUK President
- An interactive Q&A with William & Jesse
- And of course a substantial donation to the charity
SparklingCharles De Fère Blancs de Blancs Brut Reserve NV ‘Made like Champagne tastes like Champagne. A triumph!’
Created 20 miles outside the Champagne region, this sparkling wine is made using the same traditional method and with a blend of Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc and Chenin Blanc grapes. It’s an epic sparkling wine every bit as good as its Champagne cousins. With a pale, golden colour it has aromas of nectarine and melon. Great value and simply gorgeous. Alc: 12%
WhiteBadet Clément Révélation Viognier 2019 ‘Light, floral, elegant: a great all-rounder’
From a Languedoc winery founded in the mid 1990s by Laurent and Catherine Delaunay, the vines are planted on limestone soils and pebbles at 150 metres above sea level. After picking, they’re aged on the lees. The palate is rounded, the acidity is fresh, the finish is balanced. It’s a lovely viognier. Alc: 13%
RedMontaldo Organic Nero D’Avola 2019 ‘Rich, lush and one of the smoothest reds around’
This full-bodied red is made using organically-grown Nero D’Avola grapes, cultivated 300 metres above sea level in the west of Sicily. Hand-harvested and not a smidgeon of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, the grapes are macerated for six days before fermentation. The result is a fruity, generous mouthful, and a rich taste as long as the longest thing you can think of… Alc: 13.5%
William Sitwell is one of Britain’s leading food writers. He’s a restaurant critic for The Telegraph, as well as a commentator and travel writer.
He was formerly the multi-award-winning editor of acclaimed magazine Waitrose Food. William has authored four internationally successful books: A History of Food in 100 Recipes, Eggs or Anarchy; The Remarkable Story of the Man Tasked with the Impossible: to Feed a Nation at War and The Really Quite Good British Cookbook.
His latest book The Restaurant; A History of Eating Out, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2020 and was described by Bloomberg’s Richard Vines as ‘more entertaining than many a restaurant meal’.
William is one of the longest-standing critics on the hit BBC show MasterChef and the host of Biting Talk, Britain’s liveliest food and drink podcast. He also entertains diners with William Sitwell’s Supper Club, providing exceptional food in extraordinary locations across the UK and is the founder of the world’s smallest wine store WilliamsHouseWines.com.
He lives in Somerset with his wife Emily and he has four children.
Jesse Dunford Wood
Jesse Wood’s food is firmly, confidently British. But that doesn’t mean he’s not an international superstar. His culinary experience has seen him cooking up delicious menus in Chicago with Charlie Trotter, and in Sydney with Mark Best. And his accolades don’t stop there.
Jesse undertook his apprenticeship with Michael Caines (two Michelin stars) and he also spent time with British cheffing gurus Rowley Leigh and Mark Hix. With this foundation, he opened the National Dining Rooms at the National Gallery in 2006. Together with restaurateur Oliver Peyton, he won the acclaimed Best British Restaurant from Time Out, noted for his original and interesting food.
He’s no one-trick pony though. Jesse is also a regular TV personality — for shows like Masterchef, Market Kitchen and The Truth About Food — a menu consultant, and an author. Jesse’s first cookbook, Modern British Food, hit the shelves in 2017 with Absolute Press. He has recently taken over Six Portland Road in Holland Park, in November 2020. Jesse lives in London with wife Mrs Jessie & Twins.
Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity for everyone in the UK who lives with a muscle-wasting condition. Imagine your muscles growing weaker every day, making it more and more difficult for you to do everyday things, such as standing, walking, laughing. Even things like lifting a glass, chewing a mouthful of food, swallowing. Until one day, the condition stops your heart.
That’s what it’s like for the 70,000 children and adults in the UK who have one of these rare and progressive conditions that weaken and waste their muscles over time. It cuts short too many lives, and there’s no cure.
By joining this stellar Cookalong evening, you’ll help Muscular Dystrophy UK fund world-class research into treatments and cures.