Kaboom! and a Splattered Toad with Nancy Gilchrist

Nancy Gilchrist MW

Last night I was at Silwood School of Cookery for an informal, entertaining and very instructive evening with Nancy Gilchrist MW to explore combinations of wine with food.  Nancy took a very down-to-earth approach in this fun and information filled evening explaining how and why specific styles of wines react in predictable ways when paired with various food types.  In the most charming of ways she debunked the ‘rules and regulations’ laid down by the sniff and spitterati traditionalists and showed us how, with just a few essential facts at your disposal, you can experiment with culinary abandon for success in your wine and food pairings.

Nancy attended Cambridge University, which fueled her interest in wine.  University usually does that to students!  After University, she ran a wine bar close to The White House in Washington DC, before becoming wine columnist for The Boston Globe.  She became a member of The Institute of Masters of Wine in 1995.  Nancy now operates as a freelance wine lecturer with such varied clients as Marks & Spencer, Christie’s Wine Education, and Leith’s School of Food & Wine.  She is also a Judge on South Africa panel for Decanter World Wine Awards and judges for international chocolate competitions.  As a result of leading wine tours to South Africa, Nancy has a broad knowledge of South African wines and I was impressed at her knowledge of the little known producers whose wines she used during her talk.

The Wines used in Nancy’s talk at Silwood Kitchen

Good news is that she has bought a property in Cape Town and we will be seeing much more of her in the future

If you would like more information of this type of evening at The Silwood School of Cookery, visit their website or call on 021 686 4894.


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