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After some long and difficult deliberations from our judges Lady Carnarvon, Karine Hagen from Viking Cruises and Andrew McKenzie from The Vineyard we are now able to reveal the Grand Prize Winner of our Come and Dine competition. Tressa Lemky from Winnipeg, Canada went above and beyond everything we could possibly expect – hosting an amazing dinner party for family and friends, raising money for PBS, cooking some wonderful food from Lady Carnarvon’s book ‘At Home at Highclere’ and bringing her community together in support of ‘Working Together to End Human Trafficking’ an initiative started by the Joy Smith Foundation.

Tressa is a very worthy winner and we are so pleased to able to invite her and seven guests to Come and Dine at Highclere Castle.

Despite all of the other amazing entries, Tressa’s creativity and dedication stood out and I’m sure you will all agree that she deserves this fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity to dine at Highclere Castle.

As you may imagine, Tressa was overwhelmed when the call from Lady Carnarvon came through on Friday evening. Despite us organising an acceptable time to call her, talking to Lady Carnarvon was a complete surprise to her, which you can tell from the reaction in the following video:

Congratulations go to all entrants including our three runners up; Gary La Liberte from Quebec, Cherie Gould from Scottsdale, Arizona and Jennifer Haselgrove from Indooroopilly, Australia.