George Calombaris – who has become famous around the globe as one of the judges of the hugely popular TV show MasterChef Australia – is heading to Durban as the 2016 Good Food & Wine Show comes to town.
The new look Good Food & Wine Show will once again take place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from October 28 to 30 and is bang on trend with food and cooking fashions. Calombaris will be joined by a stellar line-up including Siba Mtongana, Jenny Morris, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony and J’Something.
Genial George – who will once again keep viewers glued to the screen when the highly anticipated eighth season of MasterChef Australia returns to M-Net on October 10 – will help the Good Food & Wine Show create its own MasterChef magic.
Calombaris may be recognisable around the globe thanks to his TV work but there’s so much more to this likeable chef who a number of award winning restaurants: “I am thrilled to be coming to Durban. There are going to be a few little surprises during the demonstrations and I am going to ‘play’ with people’s senses. It’s also an opportunity for people to come and meet me and get a good idea of who I am and why food has played such a major part in my life.”
The theme of the 2016 show is “Fresh” and, for the first time in the Durban show’s history, curator Hannerie Visser has been appointed to oversee installations that excite all of the senses and enable visitors to interact with, and immerse themselves completely in, the event.
This year’s show will be divided into zones: Wellness; lifestyle; wine; market & street food; beer & alcohol; gourmet; baking and an area for children. Other highlights include:
For the first time in Durban, entry to the celebrity chefs theatre and other theatres is included in the ticket price (with seating available on a first come, first served basis)
Chefs Table: unique and exclusive masterclasses with the headline chefs.
A new wine theatre in which leading sommeliers and wine makers teach the art of their craft.
A new and exciting theatre called the Cake Deco Lab
Once again GF&WS is working with Durban Tourism to promote the city and all the wonderful attractions it has to offer on the food front.
Says Head of Durban Tourism Phillip Sithole: “The Good Food & Wine Show has been identified as the best platform to showcase Durban’s unique and multi-cultural cuisine to an array of globally recognised chefs and food television networks. We are delighted to expose our authentic cuisine globally and part of this culinary exchange is to take the visiting chefs to partake in a unique township cook-off, whereby valuable cooking skills will be shared to our local communities. Ultimately we want to use platforms like these to develop food tourism and nurture the culinary talent in our city.”
MEET THE HEADLINE CHEFS
One of Australia’s top chefs, George Calombaris’ style of cuisine has earned him many accolades and much respect from culinary aficionados at home and abroad. His Greek heritage was central in his upbringing; indeed it’s his trademark today. With many accolades to his name and a string of restaurants, Calombaris is also known for his cook books, his contribution as a judge in MasterChef Australia and his entrepreneurial skills.
Jenny Morris – aka the Giggling Gourmet – is one of SA’s most-loved food personalities. She is an author, magazine writer, radio and TV presenter, celebrity chef, teacher, caterer and culinary tour guide who has had an ongoing love affair with food since she was a child. Not only has she conquered radio but Jenny has made several television appearances both locally and internationally. Her first show for the Food Network was Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco. It was the first occasion that a South African chef fronted their own show on the channel.
Portugal-born Joao Da Fonseca (aka J’Something) is better known as the lead singer of South African band Mi Casa. But he’s also a passionate cook and in 2014 showcased his love of food with the13-part SABC3 series Something’s Cooking, which went on to reach over two million viewers. His follow-up series What’s For Dinner reached 10 million viewers. When he’s not collaborating with chefs to demonstrate his cooking skills and love for soulful food, J’Something can be found working on his first cookbook or co-hosting a show on radio.
Sarah Graham is a well-known cook, food writer and TV show host. She grew up on a small wildlife conservancy in Zimbabwe, and this instilled in her a food philosophy that is built on creating simple, healthy dishes. Sarah started her food blog, A Foodie Lives Here in May 2010, and later that year was the first local food blogger to be awarded a cook book contract by Penguin Random House. Sarah has filmed two cooking shows that have aired locally and internationally. She is currently writing her fourth cook book and planning another season of her TV series Food Safari.
Siba Mtongana is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast who has brought style and charisma to the local TV food scene. Her show Siba’s Table debuted in 2013, and is now broadcast in more than 130 countries. Her previous cooking show, Cooking with Siba, which aired while she was food editor for Drum magazine, won a SAFTA for Best Lifestyle and Variety Show. In 2014 she made Oprah Magazine’s O Power List of 21 African women rocking the world.
The Good Food & Wine Show Durban
Dates: Friday October 28 to Sunday, October 30.
Celebrity Chefs: George Calombaris, Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony and J Something. More chefs will be announced shortly
Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre, 11 Walnut Road, Durban
Hours: Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 10:00-21:00; Sunday, October 30, 10:00-18:00
Early bird: R85
Adults: R100 at the door
Age 13-18: R50
Children under 12: Free
Senior citizens: R70. Free entry on Friday, October 28.
Weekend pass: R150
International chef table: R800
Local chef table: R300
Wine Tasting Prices:
Wine Combo Ticket: R130 (Includes show entry, wine tasting glass and five wine tasting vouchers)
Wine Glass and tasting: R 50 (Includes GFWS glass to keep and five tasting vouchers)
Tickets: Available through Computicket (www.computicket.com) or at the door.
The GF&WS is bought to Durban by the following sponsors: Durban Tourism, SABC3, Core, Rolkem, Clover, Qantas, Taurus and Total Gaz
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