The Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show – South Africa’s premiere food, wine and lifestyle exhibition – will play host to some of South Africa’s most celebrated chefs, authors and food bloggers who will show off their culinary skills and show that this country is right up there when it comes to international culinary trends.
An exciting addition to this year’s Good Food & Wine Show is Tafelpraatjies, which will celebrate the rich and diverse culture and heritage of the Afrikaans nation through its food. It’s also about stories told around the table, conversations about food, recipes, secret ingredients and the cooking methods that have been part of the Afrikaans table through the generations.
At each session, around the table, 20 to 30 guests will interact with well-known local Afrikaans celebrities that include chefs, writers, local storytellers and performers who are there to share their own food and dining stories and memories. These include Johannes Bakkes, Isabella Niehaus, Dana Snyman and Lochner de Kock.
There will also be easy to follow, back-to-basics demonstrations on doing the simple things, like “lekker maklike beskuit, pot brood, konfyt, ‘chutney’, marmalade en padkos”.
The Cook Off presenters taking part at Tafelpraatjies, all from Smile90.4FM, are Bobby Brown, Eloise Pretorius, Benito Vergitore, Tracey Lange, Maurice Carpede, Mehboob Bawa and Danie Marais.
Chefs and food personalities taking part at this year’s show include:
• Anél Potgieter’s blog lifeisazoobiscuit was the recent winner of the 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Produce Best Food Blog of the Year Award. This follows on from her winning SABC2’s first season of ‘Dinner Divas’ in January in which 12 food bloggers were pitted against each other.
• Annerie MacDonald is a cake decorator and sugar art teacher and is also the chairlady of the South African Cake Decorators Guild for the Somerset West branch.
• Bjorn Guido is the owner and executive chef of the Millhouse Kitchen at Lourensford. He combines his rich pedigree in the kitchen with his natural entrepreneurial instincts.
• Christiaan Campbell, Executive Chef at Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch, will be in action in the Real Food Theatre and the Little Children’s Theatre and will be using free range and ethical produce.
• Dana Snyman: Appearing at Tafelpraatjies, he is a well-known and well-loved Afrikaans writer and storyteller. He has published numerous books and writes for Weg, Die Burger as well as for Huisgenoot.
• Debbie and Wally Fry, committed vegetarians, started the Fry Family Kitchen and will be showing how to create delicious and cruelty-free food that has as little impact on the natural environment as possible.
• Franck Dangereux of the Foodbarn will be doing his demonstrations in the Real Food Theatre on Friday May 24. “It will be something with sustainable seafood and exotic mushrooms. I am also doing a demo in the brilliant baking theatre, baking bread,” he says.
• Geoffrey Murray, Executive Chef of Conrad Pezula Resort and Spa, first started working in restaurants at the age of 13. Since then he has achieved international renown for his prowess in the kitchen. Murray will be cooking at the Real Food Theatre and Little Chef’s Theatre on May 23 and is particularly excited about working with children and teaching them about the wonderful world of food.
• Grace Stevens is the founder and owner of Cupcakes by Design in Cape Town. She is the author of ‘Celebration Cakes: Decorating step by step with fondant’, which was awarded the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards for the best South African Dessert Book.
• Isabella Niehaus: This stylist, cook and market madame lives on a dune on the West Coast. She was previously a fashion editor for Sarie magazine and is currently a popular blog writer for Sarie’s “Ons-Proe Blog” and known as a “passievolle kok”. She will be at Tafelpraatjies.
• Jane-Anne Hobbs is a writer, editor and cook and has been fervently interested in food for most of her life. Her successful independent blog Scrumptious – which pioneered recipe blogging in South Africa – launched a new career for her as a food writer and recipe developer. Her first cookbook is ‘Scrumptious: Food for Family and Friends’.
• Johannes Bakkes: Appearing at Tafelpraatjies is world traveller and author of ‘Samoe(r)sareis’, ‘Moer toe die vreemde in’ and ‘Norrevok’.
• Lochner de Kock: Singer and actor Lochner de Kock is also known as Cordon Broer for his cooking skills and his fantastic boerekos.
• Peter Tempelhoff oversees the five Relais Châteaux restaurants within The Collection by Liz McGrath. Since then he has been awarded 3 Stars in the Rossouw’s Restaurants Guide and the Eat Out Top 10 Award for The Greenhouse. He will be doing a garden stir fry with children in the Little Chefs Kitchen. He will also be doing a dish with a ‘sustainably farmed Kabeljou’ and garden vegetables in the Real Food Theatre.
• Samantha Linsell has 20 years of hospitality management and food marketing experience under her belt, and now works as a professional food stylist and recipe developer She writes the popular food blog DrizzleandDip.com. She has written her first cook book, ‘Drizzle and Dip’, which was published in July last year. Samantha will be giving a talk on Friday May 24 around recipe development, food styling, and photography for blogs.
• Sanli Albertze has been decorating cakes for 19 years. She has won numerous gold certificates at shows and is also a qualified tutor (from basic to advanced levels) of the South African Cake Decorators Guild. She teaches all the different techniques in cake decorating and sugar art, but her big love is Royal Icing. At the show on Sunday May 26, she will be demonstrating how to do a “Picture in Paste”.
• Sarah Graham will be speaking on her experiences as a blogger, food writer and cook book author. Sarah is currently filming a 13-episode TV show based on her cookbook ‘bitten’, set in and around Cape Town. The show has begun airing on SABC 3 on Sundays at 3.30pm.