Carte Blanche Cooks

Lunch, dinner and private event catering supplied by Claire Thomson and Matt Williamson, with wines selected and supplied by Ben Llewelyn.
Carte Blanche Cooks create dining events for every occasion. We are two chefs teamed with one wine merchant with extensive experience in the restaurant industry. We use the best ingredients to flatter an exciting portfolio of wine – delivered in person and in situ – to provide an unrivalled private dining service. From private houses to company dining rooms, we bring the restaurant experience to your doorstep.
CBC ONE: Wine and Food: where we supply one chef and a set menu with accompanying wines (£300 plus cost of ingredients and wine)

CBC TWO: Wine and Food experience: where we supply one chef and one wine person to provide a wine tasting alongside the dishes selected (£450plus cost of ingredients)

CBC THREE: Pop up restaurant: where we provide chefs, floor staff and a wine expert to provide a domestic restaurant experience (Minimum cost £600 plus cost of ingredients)

We provide the ingredients and wine at trade prices. Crockery and glasses can be provided for if necessary and at an additional cost. Extra floor staff can be provided at an extra cost.

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Who are Carte Blanche Cooks
The idea stemmed from an event catered by Matt and Claire with a guided tasting presented by Ben. The natural affinity to the creative, rootsy and flavoursome cookery and the terroir focused, precise wines that Ben imports proved to be a huge hit, hence the idea came about to provide the same experience on a broader scale.

Matt Williamson:
Matt Williamson is a talented and experienced chef with a track record of establishing restaurants as food destinations in London, Cornwall and Bristol. The kitchens that he has run have won multiple awards including from the Michelin Guide, The Good Food Guide and the Observer Food Awards.

His own restaurant Flinty Red gained numerous awards and national attention after opening in 2009 and established itself as one of Bristol’s best restaurants. There he specialized in matching food to some of the world’s most delicious wines, and has cooked extensively in Britain and Europe alongside some incredible wine makers and merchants.

His passion for food and cooking, along with of the experience of over 20 years in top kitchens has given him a deep understanding of food culture, top quality products, ingredients and techniques from across Europe and the rest of the world, and he has been inspired as much by his extensive travels as by his professional kitchen experiences.

Claire Thomson:
Claire Thomson is a chef and food writer. Claire has cooked in many restaurants around the world in destinations such as Sydney, Auckland, London, China, Cornwall, Bristol and Highgrove for Prince Charles naming just a few. In addition to cooking, Claire has written 3 cookbooks and contributes widely for various food publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC Good Food, Olive and Countryfile magazines. Claire has appeared on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and Radio 4 for Woman’s Hour. Happiest in an apron, Claire can quite literally, cook anything.

Ben Llewelyn:
Ben is the owner of Carte Blanche Wines, an importer of terroir driven, authentic wines produced by true artisans who specialise in their field. He has 20 years of experience in wine, winemaking and writing restaurant wine lists, having worked with many of the great names of this period, from Jamie Oliver and Rose Gray to The Ledbury and Kiln.

Ben has a talent for truffling out the new and visionary wine grower and takes a personal interest in the new and emerging vineyard regions of Europe, as well as supporting those who struggle to be heard in the more old fashioned regions. His recent projects include reviving the fortunes of Muscadet, Importing wines from Galicia and building the reputation of Ancre Hill, the UK’s only certified biodynamic wine producer (located in Wales).

Ben is also a judge for Decanter Magazine’s Work Wine Awards, as well as a panel judge specialising in Rhone, SW France and the Loire. He has presented various online wine programmes and curates cellars for people looking beyond the classics. He lives in Wales.