Come Dine with WSM

March 28, 2013

As we do not already spend enough time together inside the office, our very own tax specialist, Ben Lee, organised a WSM Come Dine with Me competition based on the Channel 4 TV show.  Over the last month, two teams of four have been hosting dinner parties and providing entertainment for their team guests and have been scored out of 10 on their abilities of holding a dinner party, being scored on the food, entertainment and vibe of the evening.

The first team (Andrew Bithray, Ben White, Nick Sissling and Tom Blake) have had a competitive collection of evenings starting with Andrew’s costolette di maiale con salvia (pork  chops) and dessert of white chocolate and raspberry shortbread with poker.  Ben followed with pasta and a dessert of chocolate with vodka tasting for entertainment.  Nick bowled his guests over with his meal of pinchitos morunos followed by roasted pear for dessert and then entertainment at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Tom served camel pie (yes, really!) and a delicious desert of lemon tart.

The joint winners of the first team were Andrew Bithray and Tom Blake…

The second team (Tasmeen Shirodkar, Ben Lee, Patricia McBride and Kayley Hackshaw) have had a more relaxing approach kick starting with Tas’s pork Sunday afternoon roast. Ben hosted a Rock Night presenting a winning starter of baked camembert, slow cooked beef and lemon sorbet followed by a Rock band experience for all (he even donned a wig!).  Patricia cooked a delicious crispy salmon with a dessert of limoncello summer berries. Kayley hosted a jazz themed evening serving Cajun chicken with sweet potato mash and a dessert of white chocolate and pistachio ice cream.

The winner of the second team was Kayley Hackshaw…

Chief organiser, Ben Lee says: “it has been fantastic fun getting to know people outside of the work environment, with people that you may not necessarily work with on a daily basis. Both the food and company has been great, and I’m looking forward to further events in the future”.