Food and wine pairing at the Vineyard Hotel. Picure: Supplied

At 21, Roger Jones was the youngest of the Queen’s head chefs to run State banquets at Buckingham Palace. He later transformed The Harrow at Little Bedwyn into a country restaurant that has achieved a Michelin-star every year since 2006, and countless other awards.

On 13 January 2017, 80 guests will sit down to a six-course Roger Jones menu, each course paired with two unidentified wines, one from South Africa, one from Australia. Diners will decide which wine they prefer, and the results will be announced at the end of the evening.

At the MCC Bubbles-paired Dinner, on 10 January, a mere 30 diners will be accommodated at the Upper Deck, an exclusive new venue at the Vineyard Hotel. Roger will prepare a menu of six courses which he will pair with the finest South African sparkling wines made in accordance with the ancient Champagne method. Seats at this exclusive banquet are R895 a head.

Roger’s second dinner is eagerly anticipated by patriotic gourmands as it is the South Africa versus Australia leg of the 2017 Tri-Nations of Wine.  (The other venues for the championship are Roger’s restaurant in the English countryside and Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.)

Seats are R1 095 per person.

Event:                           Wine-paired dinners with Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones

Date:                            10 January and 13 January 2017

Venue:                         The Vineyard Hotel 

To book please email [email protected]