The Dough Boss & Masterchef


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The Dough Boss & Masterchef

No Need to Knead, Tempus Fugit

Richard Bertinet, Dhruv Baker & James Golding 
Join us for this 3 Day Event, Dinners & Demo

This March we are spoiled for a wealth of experience, flavour, texture and humour.  Where do we even start to explain the character in this line up?  Expertise and Skilfulness are represented on all levels .  We've got the 'Bread Genius,' a teacher and BBC Maestro of baking & James Martin regular, entrepreneur, & author.  We've got  the winner of the definitive BBC Cooking Competition Masterchef, charcutier, and author.  Hosting it all, we have our very own acclaimed chef, TV personality, Royal Academy Fellow, and Table Talk Charity Head of Food Education. Talent galore.

 *3 Nights Stay at Il Rustichello

  *3 Breakfasts: Continental, Gluten-Free Options, Buffet Style, - Sat.,Sun., Mon            ​   Coffee & Tea Inclusive

      *2 Lunches: Traditional Italian Pranzo, @ Rustichello or while Out

      *3 Dinners: A Classic Lunigiana Dinner on Friday Night, Saturday Guest Chef Supper          Club, & for our March event Special: Demo - Degustation - Cicchetti (Small Plates) 

  Excursions and Sight Seeing, visit the Market in the local town of Pontremoli, option         to visit the Museo delle Steele, & wine tasting @ Cantinae Lunae + bespoke options

  Free Parking & Driver to Wine Tasting/Excursions

 WiFi connected at Rustichello

This line-up; James, Dhruv and Richard, currently in Tuscany only exists on offer this March 2024. Outside of booking onto one of Richard's Classes, the only other opportunity to be a part of a similar workshop afternoon is limited to either archived broadcasts or a Food Festival appearance.  I'm not saying it's a once in a lifetime occurance... but...  

Did I also mention we have quite an elite crew of World Cheese Judges at the ready?  Interested?  Catch us on  Nomadic Sporadic , DM or email us at, or subscribe to our Mailing List for more information.

Currently, we do not include flights nor car rental in the cost of the ticket.  If you'd like to check flight availability or want to know a bit more about the area and our T's &C's, you can find this on our Tripping/FAQ page.  If there are any questions not covered here, please contact us at

If you require an Airport Transfer, this can be arranged directly through Rustichello for an additional fee.  Their email is  In all instances, we endeavour to connect people with rides in the most efficient manner, so please don't hesitate to message us if you have questions regarding this.

Where there has been an amazing amount of interest in this month's event, we are offering a new option for Early Bird bookings at £1012.50 per person.  We have released a limited amount of tickets at a discounted price for all of you who would like to get your booking in now.  A deposit of £500 will hold your place on this ​event.  The remaining payment £512.50 will be due on the 8th of March.  Early Bird bookings are available for a limited time only.  Sales of these tickets close at the 11th hour (23:00) on the 23rd of February, so get a wiggle on!

From the 11th of February, the price for this package is £1,125 per person. 

Should you have any friends travelling by or living locally, they too may join us for our feasts.  Tickets are also available through us to guarantee a reservation now for table bookings for standalone dinner.

Our itinerary for the weekend... 

green trees near brown brick wall

Friday - March 15, 2024

Today is the day of our event.  Should you be hungry after your trip lunch may be purchased from Il Rustichello's very own chef, Nobi. There will be time to explore before dinner and the setting is truly breathtaking. You can check it out from their website on the link below. There is a sauna and a jacuzzi, plus excellent walks in the vicinity to help one work up an appetite.  Dinner will be served from 19:00 onwards.   


Saturday - March 16, 2024

Beginning the day, breakfast is served from 8:00 - 10:00.  For all of those who would like to get out for the afternoon, we will be heading down to Pontremoli's market in the city's Piazza or you may prefer to sample a wine tasting at Cantine Lunae.  We will be back for a dinner at 19:00.  Chef James Golding will be cooking up a feast to celebrate the occasion!

a loaf of bread being sprinkled with flour

Sunday - March 17, 2023  

After a good start with a Rustichello breakfast, the afternoon is all about a leisurely afternoon of breaking bread and chatting charcuterie.  Kicking off with Richard's bread at 16:00, we demo our way into degustation. 

Bread and Charcuterie.  These are the absolute staples of Tuscan cuisine.  Panzanella, Ribollita, Papa al Pomodoro, to name only three, all begin and end with bread.  Cured meats hold hands with all of these dishes and is the very backbone of the philosophy to eating in Tuscany.

 As we talk through the finer points of bread and charcuterie,  James, Dhruv and Richard carry on to offer up a series and selection of small plates to fill the belly.

clear plane window

Monday - March 18, 2023  

After enjoying your breakfast, today is time to check out and head home or onward to new adventures.  Check out time is 10:00, but we will be looking forward to the next event!  


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Date & Time
Friday, 15 March 2024
Start - 13:00 (Europe/Rome)
Sunday, 17 March 2024
End - 20:00 (Europe/Rome)

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