An evening with William Sitwell & Jesse Dunford Wood

Event Date
29 April 2021

Muscular Dystrophy UK is partnering up with Cookalong.TV to create an unforgettable evening of fine food and wine.

At this exclusive online event, your host, William Sitwell, will take you on a guided wine tasting of three distinct and delicious bottles. To complement your wines, you’ll cook along with the esteemed Jesse Dunford Wood, who will teach you how to make a tantalising British menu.

After that, there’ll be a rare Q&A, where you can learn tips and tricks from both William and Jesse, who are well-respected experts in the world of fine dining. Not only will you have an amazing time, but you’ll be helping to beat muscle-wasting conditions too.

We’re immensely grateful to Cookalong.tv for partnering with us in this stellar cookalong opportunity, and we’re equally grateful for your support. With every helping you make, you’re helping MDUK keep our pioneering research moving ahead.

Tickets are £125 per household and you can buy them on the Cookalong.TV website.

What’s in store?

For £125 per household, you’ll get:

  • 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. (Once you’ve bought your tickets, we’ll email you a full list of ingredients.)
  • three bottles of wine, delivered to your door
  • a message from Gabby Logan, MDUK president
  • a Q&A with William and Jesse

About the wines:

  • Sparkline – Charles De Fere Blancs de Blancs Brut Reserve NV ‘Made like Champagne tastes like Champagne. A triumph!’
  • White – Badet Clément Révélation Voignier 2019 ‘Light, floral, elegant: a great all-rounder’
  • Red – Montaldo Organic Nero D’Avola 2019 ‘Rich, lush and one of the smoothest reds around’

You can find more information on the wines on Cookalong/tv’s event page.

The menu:

Starter: Green Goddess Soup, served with a poached egg

Main: Remarkable Brined & Grilled Pork Chop

(Or if you prefer Chicken Breast or Cauliflower)

Cookalong.tv will email a full list of ingredients to all ticket-holders.

About your hosts

William Sitwell

William is one of Britain’s leading food writers. He is restaurant critic for The Telegraph as well as a commentator and travel writer for that newspaper.

A multi-award-winning editor, he was editor of acclaimed magazine Waitrose Food for 16 years. William has authored four internationally successful books: A History of Food in 100 Recipes (translated into nine languages), 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.

Jesse Dunford Wood

Jesse cooks food that 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 Caine’s (2**) and also spent time with British chef 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 award from TimeOut in 20xx, for his original and interesting food.

Since then, Jesse has been a serial restaurateur – with the Mall Tavern in Notting Hill Gate, and PARLOUR in Kensal Green, receiving critical acclaim and awards every year. He has also recently taken over Six Portland Road in Holland Park.

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 – as well as a menu consultant, and author. Jesse’s first cookbook, Modern British Food, hit the shelves in 2017 with Absolute Press.

Jesse supported MDUK at our Great Chef’s Dinner in 2019 and we are delighted to have his support in once again raising much-need funds for our community.


Cookalong.tv are the future of home cooking. Their network of top chefs, restauranteurs, foodies, and celebrities play host to a culinary gathering you can get behind. All you have to do is tune in, follow along, and have fun. With bespoke menus to fit your tastes and preferences, no two cookalongs are the same.

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