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What Food What Wine?

What Food What Wine?

Chicken tikka and Chablis ... or Chardonnay and chips? The hunt is on to discover the ultimate wine and food pairings of ten of this country’s most popular dishes.

What Food What Wine?’ is the first competition of its kind that sees leading wine experts – including the world’s best sommelier Gerard Basset and married Masters of Wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards – come up with the best wine match for some of Britain’s favourite dishes such as chicken tikka massala, bangers & mash, fish & chips, roast lamb and smoked salmon.

What Food What Wine’s marketing manager, David Kelly, said: “We chose the dishes because they are traditional to diners everywhere. The results will make essential reading for anyone involved in the catering trade. It will mean restaurant and bar staff will be able to recommend wines to accompany certain dishes with complete confidence.”

Wines will be ‘blind’ tasted meaning that the judges will know only if the wine retails for more or less than £10.

Peter Richards, who with wife Susie is a regular wine expert on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, said: “We just don’t know what surprises are in store. Ultimately, the only thing that matters in this competition is how well the wine goes with the food. It’s a completely level playing field for wines from all over the world – with everything to play for.”

The judges’ menu also includes mushroom risotto, lasagne, apple crumble & custard, mature cheddar and rich chocolate mousse.

Guardian columnist and acknowledged food-and-wine expert Fiona Beckett is one of the judges as is Nic Belfrage, editor of Essentially Catering; food writer and broadcaster Jo Pratt joins the team as its director of food.

Judging will take place on 27 and 28 June.

For more information visit What Food What Wine.

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