S3E14 William Sitwell

For the final episode of this season, Somerset Stories meets one of this country’s go-to people for all things food. A writer, restaurant critic for the telegraph, and you’ve probably seen him as one of the guest critics on Masterchef – William Sitwell. When he’s not writing about food and drink, William is also busy running supper clubs, curating wines, and is even a partner in a cider company – right here in Somerset. We met last month to talk about his life growing up, his journey into the world of food, and his love for local produce and cider!

Your host: Lewis Webb lives in Somerset, but was born in Cornwall and brought up in Devon. So when it comes to cream tea, he gets to choose jam or cream first depending on how he feels. He started this podcast to make connections with people in the area, and to help them tell their stories. When not out and about exploring Somerset with his family and dog, he can be found in the kitchen cooking with some of the county’s freshest ingredients, or underneath a pair of headphones, listening to all kinds of music.

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    For the final episode of this season, Somerset Stories meets one of this country’s go-to people for all things food. A writer, restaurant critic for the telegraph, and you’ve probably seen him as one of the guest critics on Masterchef – William Sitwell. When he’s not writing about food and drink, William is also busy running supper clubs, curating wines, and is even a partner in a cider company – right here in Somerset. We met last month to talk about his life growing up, his journey into the world of food, and his love for local produce and cider!

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