Sharp-tongued food critic, William Sitwell, served up a glowing review for volunteer cooks at a popular Royal Voluntary Service lunch club in Rickmansworth, in a recently released new film.
The film is a tongue-in-cheek MasterChef style spoof that followed William as he visits Mill End Lunch Club in Rickmansworth to enjoy a home-cooked feast of shepherd’s pie and bread and butter pudding.
The film has been created as part of a campaign called “Cooking for a Crowd” designed to shine a spotlight on the hundreds of Royal Voluntary Service lunch club volunteers across Britain who gift their time to serve more than 50,000 meals each year to older people in the community.
It was shot at the weekday lunch club in Rickmansworth where volunteer cook, Tricia Hegde cooked for the MasterChef judge and the club’s usual crowd of diners.
Tricia Hegde has been volunteering at the Mill End Lunch Club in Rickmansworth for eight years and appeared unflustered by William’s presence.
She said: “Having William Sitwell visit felt no different. I’m used to cooking for a crowd, so one more wasn’t going to make much difference. Whether we’re cooking for a MasterChef critic or Kay who lives down the road, we will always put in our best effort.
“My shepherd’s pie and bread and butter pudding is always a hit with our lunch club members and we were absolutely chuffed with William’s rave review.”
William said: “I have had the good fortune to dine in many of the world’s best restaurants, but when it comes to healthy, hearty food, the Rickmansworth lunch club would be hard to beat.”