The new look Good Food & Wine Show kicks off in Cape Town on Thursday May 23 and runs until Sunday May 26. It’s bang on with what’s hot and fabulous in food and cooking fashions and is bigger and better than ever before with something for everyone.
Headlining this year’s Good Food & Wine Show is the inimitable Gordon Ramsay who may now well be the world’s most famous chef thanks to his numerous international TV shows.
He will be joined by a host of celebrity chefs including Bill Granger, Eric Lanlard and the first ‘Junior Masterchef Australia winner’, Isabella Bliss.
Also appearing are some of South Africa’s top chefs and food personalities and a host of theatres featuring everything from decadent desserts and brilliant baking to the Checkers Celebrity Chefs Theatre and the show’s new addition Tafelpraatjies. (Turn the page to the centrespread for details on all the theatres and just who is appearing where.)
Ramsay is the star of television series ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘The F Word’, ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurant’, ‘Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Gordon’s Great Escape’, ‘Gordon Behind Bars’ and ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course’ along with the American versions of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘MasterChef’ and ‘Hotel Hell’. Since his last visit in 2011, another culinary accolade was bestowed on Ramsay when he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame Awards.
He says it still gives him a high. “It’s always nice to be recognised, but it’s about being the best that you can possibly be.
What’s important to me is to do something every day that’s exciting. And I’m very lucky that I get to do that and also spend time nurturing talent and mentoring on projects that I’m really passionate about.”
Ramsay loves appearing at the Good Food & Wine Show because it’s always been a vibrant, busy place.
Without revealing the cooking surprises he has in store for guests, he would only say that he’ll be cooking up “some delicious signature dishes.”
Comfort food gone global while baking has taken the world by storm so heading for our shores is master pâtissier, author and TV chef Eric Lanlard, who counts Madonna and the Beckhams among his celebrity clients.
Next year the charming Frenchman will become the first chef to travel to space with Virgin Galactic.
Also coming to the Cape Town show is Australian chef and star of ‘Bill’s Food’, Bill Granger, who is known for delicious food that is simple, fresh, looks irresistible and more importantly is easy to create at home.
Locally sourced food and children’s nutrition are the leading trends in 2013, according to the US National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s hot 2013 chef survey” and the Good Food & Wine Show is bang up-to-date with these global predictions.
Getting children into the kitchen and involved in cooking for the family is the future of a healthy nation. So what better inspiration to our children than winner of the first ‘Junior MasterChef Australia’ Isabella Bliss and her twin sister Sofia, who came in the top four of the competition which propelled them to international recognition?
The two will be active at the show’s latest addition, the Little Chefs Kitchen, sponsored by Woolworths.
Where food comes from is making headlines around the world following the horse meat scandal.
The Real Food stand, sponsored by Woolworths, is a fully interactive experience covering everything from sustainability and being able to rent-a-hen for your own freshly laid eggs to how to create your own blog and share your food experiences with the world.
The Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show also proudly launches the first South African Bar Show, a not-to-be-missed platform for premium brands in the bar industry.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT THE 2013 SHOW
• The South African Bar Show
Visitors can expect a host of vibrantly themed interactive exhibition stands that showcase the very best in spirits, liqueurs, beer, craft beers and sparkling wine brands. Visitors to the show can learn how to mix perfect cocktails, pair liquor brands with food, make the best party drinks and find out what makes a great after dinner drink. They can also visit the connoisseur’s, jazz and other lounges. The Bar Show will also host the regional and national mixology championships.
• Creative Coffee Theatre
The Creative Coffee Theatre is an interactive hands-on workshop zone where visitors and trade can learn from professional baristas how to create speciality coffees, create latte art and make the perfect cuppa. This area will also be hosting the regional and national barista championships; the winner will represent South Africa at the world championships.
• Best of the Cape
Sponsored by the City of Cape Town, the best of Cape Town’s restaurants will showcase their winter menus paired with the finest wines.
Sponsored by Clover, Tafelpraatjies is a new interactive zone launching at the show where well known Afrikaans chefs will present options for different meal occasions. Themes include Sunday lunch as it should be; a romantic meal for two; outdoor breakfast; picnic lunch and more. An interior designer will show visitors how to theme each meal occasion.
• Decadent Desserts Theatre
Sponsored by Häagen-Dazs and Pillsbury, learn how to make the sweetest treats with celebrity chefs such as Benny Masekwameng, judge on ‘MasterChef SA’.
• Spar Wine & Food Pairing
Learn how to pair a myriad of different canapés, sweet and savoury, with various wines.
• DSTV Celebrity Chef Photo Booth and VIP lounge
Have your photograph taken with your favourite celebrity chef!
* Tickets cost R110 for adults for R55 for children. This includes more free theatres than ever before. All theatres on the Thursday opening day are free. Visitors will also receive a coupon book that will allow for massive savings and specials. For more information, call 021 702 2280, or 0861foodie; visit www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za, or www.fieramilano.co.za; or find us on Facebook at Good Food and Wine Show SA; or on Twitter: #goodfoodSA.