Matt Tebbutt in kitchen with wine

Discover the Origin with Matt Tebbutt

Matt Tebbutt in kitchen with wine

This week I was invited to a Discover the Origin masterclass with chef Matt Tebbutt of The Foxhunter in Nantyderry, Monmouthshire. The evening took place at L’Atelier des Chefs, a surprisingly large cookery school in the centre of London, where we learnt all about some lovely cheese, wine and port from Italy, France and Portugal.

Discover the Origin is a three-year campaign, currently in its second year, which promotes five products that have Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status: Burgundy wines, Port, Douro wines, Parma ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Having PDO status means that the products must be produced in a certain region and in a certain way, which in turn ensures their consistent quality.

Drinks on table

At the masterclass, we sampled the ingredients individually before going into the kitchen and cooking a three course meal using the Parma ham and the Parmigiano-Reggiano. All under the watchful eye of Matt Tebbutt, of course. Then we had the opportunity to match what we cooked with Douro wines, Burgundy wines and Port.

Here are the recipes from the night:

Parma Ham-wrapped scallops with Marsala and sage

Chicken Supremes stuffed with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Parma Ham

Apple and almond tart

(First seen on Foodepedia)

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.


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