Celebrity chefs and including the world’s first celebrity chef , the enfant terrible Marco Pierre White and South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen will be turning up the heat as the international headliners at this year’s 2017 Good Food and Wine Show. SA’s largest culinary event opens in Cape Town on Friday, June 2, at the CTICC and will run the entire weekend until Sunday, June 4.
The latest foodie trends will be dished up and South African foodies will have the chance to interact with the line-up of exciting celebrity chefs, including Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris, Lentswe Bhengu, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony, Lisa Raleigh, Sherwyn Weaich and Vanessa Marx. In addition, headline sommeliers Lloyd Jusa (Saxon Hotel), Gregory Mutambe (12 Apostles Hotel) and Tinashe Nyamudoka (The Test Kitchen) will all share some of their fine wine knowledge with show attendees.
All visitors to this year’s show will get a chance to watch White and Van der Westhuizen in action daily, free of charge, at the Chefs’ Open Theatre. In addition, the two chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Chefs’ Table: smaller, more intimate ticketed events where people will have the chance to meet the celebrity chefs, taste their food and sample some of South Africa’s top wines.
The Next 48hOURS caught up with the Celebrity Chef Giggling Gourmet to find out about her special friendship with Mahammad.
How did you guys become friends? Give us the “when”, the “where” and what the “weather” was like.
Well, it was a rainy day in Cape Town. It poured down and it was the first day of the Good Food and Wine Show and we were running from the cars to the entrance of the Show. We didn’t see each other and collided into one another, looked into each other’s eyes and burst out laughing. That was the beginning of our friendship and we have never stopped laughing together since that day, and that was more than 12 years ago.
Tell is about how your cooking methods have inspired and influenced one another.
We live in each other minds and it is rather scary that we are so alike and in sync with each other when it comes to food. We say the same things at the same time; we share the same ideas and have very similar flavour profiles toward ingredients.
Tell us about what you guys have in store for audiences at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show. What’s fun for you guys about being a part of the GFWS?
We are a part of this show and we always aim to “edutain” our fans. What do we have in store for them? Delicious fun and lots of it.
WIN Tickets to the Good Food and Wine Show.
To enter email firstname.lastname@example.org and name one celebrity chef that will be on the show in Cape Town. Winners will be emailed by noon on Friday 2 June 2017. Good Luck.