Exclusive for MoS readers – get a real taste of Bordeaux with Gregg Wallace: Join the MasterChef star, and one of its winners, on this cruise along the Garonne
Can there be any finer destination for gourmet-lovers than Bordeaux? With world-class wineries and a culinary tradition to match, this is about as good as it gets.
On this spectacular river cruise, winding its way through the glorious countryside of the Medoc and its surroundings, you will be joined by two special guests who are perfectly placed to help you get the most out of an appetising journey: the MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace and a former winner of the competition, Steve Groves.
You will be put through your paces on a special plating challenge – judged by Gregg – and enjoy talks from both men. You will also get the chance to explore some of the region’s finest wine chateaux as you sail down the Garonne on a five-star river cruise ship.
World-class: One of the region’s spectacular wine chateaux (above)
Creature comforts: Pictured above is of the suites on Scenic Diamond
REASONS TO BOOK
You will travel on the beautifully appointed Scenic Diamond, which provides the ultimate way to see this part of the world.
MEET OUR SPECIAL GUESTS
Join Gregg (above) on this exclusive cruise
A writer and presenter, Gregg, right, is best known for co-hosting MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC2 and BBC1. Born in Peckham, South-East London, he began his career in the Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market. Based on his business success, he was invited to co-present Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4, then was the original presenter of Saturday Kitchen in 2002. His autobiography, Life On A Plate, was published in 2012 by Orion Books.
The head chef at the prestigious Roux in Parliament Square, Steve won MasterChef: The Professionals in 2009 (‘the mother of all job trials’). Steve, who describes his food style as ‘classical with a modern approach’, also hosts classes at The Michel Roux Jr cookery school.
It features all the facilities and comfort you would expect to find in a five-star hotel – with a large salon and spa, panorama lounge and bar, a gym and a wealth of dining options.
All accommodation features flat-screen TVs, Mac mini computers, L’Occitane products, complimentary mini-bar, hairdryer, safe, bathrobes and Egyptian cotton sheets.
Wonderful wine chateaux
During the course of this mouth-watering, seven-night sailing, you will see the rich gastronomic traditions of the region.
Enjoy a glass at the estate of Chateau de la Riviere, with its hundreds of years of history, and explore the wonderful wine town of Saint-Emilion close to the Dordogne river. You will also be able to visit the renowned Chateau Gruaud-Larose, Chateau Guiraud and Chateau Myrat.
Events hosted by Gregg Wallace
Enjoy a barbecue on the sun deck of Scenic Diamond, co-hosted by Gregg and Steve, followed by an apron- signing for guests. In another brilliantly fun ‘plating’ challenge, readers will be tasked with serving up a selected dish – and creations will be judged by Gregg.
Talks and Q&A with our guests
Enjoy the chance to hear about life behind the scenes at MasterChef and find out more about our special guests and their life in food.
Tastings and masterclasses
There will be a rich variety of opportunities to try regional delicacies: join Gregg for an oyster-tasting, visit local farms and develop your own gourmet skills by taking part in the ‘Scenic Culinaire’ masterclasses under the expert eye of on-board chefs. Steve will also do a cooking demonstration.
YOUR BORDEAUX JOURNEY
DAY 1 Bordeaux DAY 2 St-Emilion DAY 3 Libourne DAY 4 Blaye DAY 5 Medoc DAY 6 Cadillac DAY 7 Bordeaux DAY 8 Return
- Flights from a range of airports.
- Seven nights’ cruise accommodation.
- Cruise director throughout.
- All-inclusive throughout, including all drinks and refreshments on board**.
- Apron signed by Gregg Wallace and Steve Groves.
- Talks and Q&A with Gregg and Steve.
- Events and excursions as outlined in itinerary (see online).
- Butler service.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Laundry service.
HOW TO BOOK
The dates: August 27-September 3, 2019.
The price: From £2,495pp*.
Call 0161 6383 644 to find out more, or visit mailtravel.co.uk/greggwallace. Quote ref Gregg Wallace.
*For full terms and conditions go to mailtravel.co.uk/greggwallace.
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