Everything you need to know about the 2016 Durban Good Food & Wine Show

George Calombaris – who has become famous around the globe as one of the judges of the hugely popular TV show MasterChef Australia, currently in its eighth season on M-Net – is one of the star attractions at the 2016 Good Food & Wine Show in Durban.

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.

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.”

However, there is more than just one MasterChef at this year’s show. Aside from George, MasterChef South Africa winner Kamini Pather will appear with fellow show contestants Siphokazi Mdlankomo and Claire Allen.

Pather, who grew up in Durban and learnt her love of food there, says winning MasterChef SA in 2013 changed her life. “It certainly boosted my cooking career and I realised that anything is possible. However, my passion for food and cooking started long before that with little things like sitting on my grandmother’s porch while she chewed on orange peels, or licking the batter spoon while perched on my mom’s kitchen counter as she made cakes. Since winning MasterChef I’ve starred in my own show Girl Eat World. It is now broadcast on Food Network in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, South East Asia and the Philippines and on SABC 3 and Netflix.”

Pather will be in action in the Cooking with Chefs, Eat Well, Live Well Theatre and Chef’s Open Theatre all of which are – for the first time – included in the ticket price.

Mdlankomo, the runner-up in MasterChef SA in 2014, has since created a live performance show, Short Chef Skinny Chef with fellow contestant Claire Allen. “Audiences can expect simple but delicious food demonstrations that are not intimidating. Anyone can make the dishes in their own home while learning new techniques. I can’t wait to meet everyone,” she says.

Mdlankomo is also the star of a new show, Let’s Eat with Siphokazi, currently on Mzansi Magic, and this year published her first cookery book The Little Black Recipe Book.

She will be in the Chef’s Open Theatre while also appearing in Short Chef Skinny Chef with Claire Allen. Entrance to both is free.

Allen is also delighted to be back: “Siphokazi and I will host 25 Short Chef Skinny Chef demos over the weekend in the interactive cooking theatre and have more than R30 000 worth of prizes to give away. The Good Food & Wine Show provides a platform for local chefs, which is so important, as well as local producers to sell and grow their brand to a direct market. Most importantly visitors are exposed to incredible food and wine – it’s not called the Good Food and Wine Show for nothing!”

Top South African chefs and food personalities also will be taking to the stage. They include KZN’s spice sorcerer Sandren Govender, David Goette (who has eaten brownies with Dan Aykroyd and cooked for Ronald Reagan), Indian cooking authority Asha Maharaj and the talented Vanessa Marx who won Eat Out’s inaugural Rising Star Award in 2013.

Others who will be delighting the crowds at the country’s premiere food, wine and lifestyle show are former The Greenhouse chef and TV regular Clement Pedro, health and wellness expert Lisa Raleigh, Top Billing presenter Lorna Maseko, “Gourmet Bushie” Sherwyn Weaich and Deborah Andrews.

Says Vanessa Marx: “It’s a great opportunity for the public to interact with foodies and chefs. The knowledge they gain from attending the demonstrations is extremely valuable as they get to watch chefs creating dishes first hand and see how easy it can be to make fabulous food at home. These shows are a platform to expose the public to new ideas and trends, products and wineries. It connects the food and wine industry with the public.

“One of the biggest trends worldwide is sustainability and food awareness and this is where the Good Food & Wine Show is bang on target. People are becoming more aware of what they are eating, where it comes from and as well as the effects on the environment. Chefs are starting to source better produce; using local, free-range and smaller producers.”

It is a sentiment echoed by Lisa Raleigh: “The Good Food & Wine Show is an iconic event that has been bringing the public together nationwide for years! It is a purely sensory experience across all arenas of the food and drink industries – the new, the traditional and the delicious. I firmly believe variety is the spice of life, and that is exactly what the GF&WS offers its audience – there is something for everyone. I am especially thrilled about the introduction of health-focused foods to the show in recent years as this is obviously where my passion lies. I will be demonstrating how to prepare healthy recipes at both the baking arena and the Live Well Eat Well Theatre. I’ll be showing the audience how to sneak more

green into family foods, add some nutrients to indulgent favourites and focus on healthy – yet hassle-free – meals.”

Deborah Andrews, wife of former rugby star Mark Andrews, wants to make things easier for mothers with her demonstration Lunchbox Lifesavers: “As mums we appreciate the importance of a nutritious school lunch for the growing bodies and minds of our children but the thought of trying to convince our children to eat the ‘healthier’ stuff can fill us with dread. There’s no need to spend hours creating a culinary masterpiece, instead just a few moments with a cookie cutter on a sandwich, a ribbon around an apple, or grapes and strawberries on a cocktail stick, can make all the difference to putting a smile on their face

and will drastically increase the odds of your child actually eating the lunch that you pack!”

The theme for this year’s new-look Durban show is Fresh, created by the show’s curator, Hannerie Visser, and is all about one of the biggest current food trends. Increasingly people want to eat fresh seasonal produce and they want to know where it comes from.

The show offers more value-for-money than ever before with a host of theatres offering entertaining programmes in which your favourite chefs cook up a storm, included in the ticket price. It’s on a first come, first served basis.




Eat Well, Live Well Theatre

Asha is a renowned Indian cookery authority who travels the country giving cooking demonstrations, hosts a magazine programme on Radio Lotus, demonstrates on TV, has written five books, including a bestseller on eggless baking, and she has written for the cookery pages in the Extra section of The Sunday Times. She says the secret of a good Durban curry is “paying attention to spicing; there is a different masala for each curry”.


Short Chef, Skinny Chef Theatre/Chefs Open Theatre

An entrepreneur by the age of 17 and a successful business owner at 28, Claire Allen is the definition of a self-starter. Cape Town based Claire was born to a family of cooks in Dundee in KZN, where her passion for food was nurtured from a very young age. Claire entered MasterChef South Africa in 2014, and was blown away by the experience. She has since spent the time travelling the world, growing her palate while learning new recipes, and cooking techniques. Last year she launched Short Chef Skinny Chef with Siphokazi Mdlankomo.


Baking Theatre/SABC3 stand

Clement was set on a career in the business world before he found his true passion. A three year stint to become a professional chef followed at the Cape Town Hotel School. He has worked as a chef at 5 Flies, The Conservatory and The Greenhouse when it was South Africa’s number 1 restaurant in the country. Clement has worked on Taste magazine and

came to the attention of television viewers as a chef on Afternoon Espresso. He was the winner of the Spekko Rice Celebrity Chefs Cook-Off last year. His dream: “To get people to enjoy cooking and sharing food together. Cooking should be taught in schools.”


Cooking with Chefs

David is the national culinary arts executive of the International Hotel School (IHS). Originally from the US, he has accumulated a variety of certifications and accolades over the years, including his Le Cordon Bleu Degree at the coveted California Culinary Academy. He has eaten and cooked in restaurants all over the world – including Dubai, London, Australia, Japan and Tanzania…to name a few.  He has eaten brownies with Dan Aykroyd and cooked for Ronald Reagan while having had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the best chefs in the world. He is passionate about hospitality and culinary education in Southern Africa.


Cooking with Chefs/Eat Well Live Well Theatre

Deborah is the wife of former Springbok rugby player Mark Andrews, mother of three and founder of the Moms Matter website and magazine. She is passionate about children and food: “As mums we appreciate the importance of a nutritious school lunch for the growing bodies and minds of our children, but the thought of trying to convince our kids to eat the ‘healthier’ stuff can fill us with dread. There’s no need to spend hours creating a culinary masterpiece, instead just a few moments with a cookie cutter on a sandwich, a ribbon around an apple or grapes and strawberries on a cocktail stick, can make all the difference to putting a smile on their faces.”


Chefs Open Theatre/Chefs Table

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 on MasterChef Australia and his entrepreneurial skills.


Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs/Wine Theatre

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, restaurateur 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. She opened her own

restaurant, Yumcious, in Cape Town last year.


Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs

Portugal-born Joao Da Fonseca is better known as J’Something, 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 series Something’s Cooking on Mzansi Magic which went on to reach over two million viewers. His follow-up series What’s For Dinner on SABC 3 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 radio show.


Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs/Eat Well, Live Well Theatre

Kamini (pronounced like harmony with a ‘K’) won the title of MasterChef SA in 2013 and has since been living her food dream. She is an ad-hoc guest presenter on Cliff Central, she’s hosted a bi-weekly food segment on GoodHopeFM, as well as a weekly segment on Heart FM, and she’s demo’ed in the Celebrity Chef’s Theatre at the Good Food and Wine Shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In 2015, Kamini’s highly anticipated food-travel show Girl Eat World debuted on Food Network EMEA and, after a successful run, the show also aired on SABC 3 and Netflix US.


Eat Well, Live Well/Baking Theatre

Lisa is a self-motivated entrepreneur with a passion for health and wellness. Now approaching 15 years in the wellness industry, Lisa started a more public career as the blue team trainer back on SA’s The Biggest Loser and as the wellness consultant on SABC 3’s daily morning show, Expresso. She writes frequently for magazines and online platforms and published a bestseller titled No Fries on Us. Her latest passion project, Mumentoes, is an online hub of content dedicated to helping new families improve their health and lifestyle.


Chefs Open Theatre/Baking Theatre/SABC3 stand

Lorna is used to breaking perceptions and stereotypes, first making it into the spotlight as the first professional ballet dancer of colour in South Africa. This multi-talented powerhouse has since made her way from the stage to our TV screens, becoming one of SA’s most sought-after personalities.  Lorna has always had a passion for cooking, and in 2015 she became one of the top finalists for Celebrity MasterChef South Africa.


Chefs Open Theatre /Cooking with Chefs and Chefs Table

Cape Town-based private chef Neill Anthony, who trained in the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and other big international cooking greats, gets invited to cook in the homes of prestigious clients, socialite friends and fun-loving acquaintances transforming their dining experiences into exclusive and private dinner extravaganzas. Partnering with local TV producers Okhule Media has been the foundation of his TV journey. His 13-part Food Network TV series Private Chef broadcast locally and internationally has been the launch pad for his international exposure.


Eat Well Live Well

Head chef of the Sun Coast Towers Hotel, Sandren is the spice sorcerer at its Jeera Restaurant, a national award-winner for elevating Durban Indian cuisine to fine-dining heights. Super-Sandy, as he is known to his staff, buys his spices whole and his chillies fresh and  – rare among such senior chefs – roasts, grinds and mixes them all himself, creating a different personal blend for each curry on his menu. Sandren grew up on a KZN North Coast sugar farm; his granny was his great inspiration. He trained in Switzerland and worked all over the world, including Mauritius and at the Waldorf in London, before returning home to KZN.


Chefs Open Theatre/Eat Well Live Well

Sarah 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 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.


Baking Theatre

Sherwyn has travelled across South Africa and Europe cooking alongside local and international chefs, learning and creating experiences through food. Known as the ‘Gourmet Bushie’, he has worked on Ultimate Braai Master which currently broadcasts internationally on the Travel Channel in more than 13 countries across four continents as well as on Expresso and etv Sunrise. He writes a weekly food column and online food blog with over 3.4 million readers and 1.4 million copies released across Gauteng and his hometown of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Chefs Open Theatre/ Chef’s Table

Siba Mtongana is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast who brought style and charisma to South Africa television food scene. She is well known for her show Siba’s Table on DStv’s Food Network, which debuted in September 2013 and was an instant hit worldwide. It is now broadcast in more than 130 countries in across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the US, Australia and Asia. She’s an award-winning food writer, an author, and has a degree in Food and Consumer Sciences, with majors in Food, Food Science and Nutrition.


Short Chef, Skinny Chef Theatre/Chefs Open Theatre

Siphokazi Mdlankomo captured the hearts of South Africans as she cooked her way to the final of the third season of MasterChef South Africa. Growing up near Umtata her mother and grandmother taught her everything about cooking. She reflects on her MasterChef journey: “I learnt a lot on the show, from patience to creativity and respecting the ingredients I use in my cooking. I also realised I have talent and that I have lot of fun in front of the camera – and would love to work as an on camera chef teaching others how to cook. Last year she launched Short Chef Skinny Chef with Claire Allen.


Eat Well, Live Well

Vanessa grew up in the Eastern Cape. She attended The Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch for two years, graduating with a Grande Diploma in professional cooking and baking. Vanessa travelled around Europe, working as a private chef before moving to London where she worked as a chef at food and wine bar, Vinoteca. She won Eat Out’s inaugural Rising Star Award in 2013. Vanessa is the co-owner of Culture Kitchen, an events and festival pop up kitchen, caters for private events and undertakes freelance work and consulting in Johannesburg.

In addition to the celebrity chefs and a bigger-than-ever array of exhibitors, this year’s show will include a stunning line-up of top attractions including (in alphabetical order):

  • Baking Theatre: Baking has made a major comeback around the world and is one of the hottest food trends. Many top-selling cookery books at present focus on home baking, while television shows such as The Great British Bake Off have been hits around the world including South Africa. The Baking Theatre is one of the Good Food & Wine Show’s most popular attractions. See demonstrations on the latest in baking tips and trends with the help of Lisa Raleigh, Lorna Maseko, Clement Pedro, Sherwyn Weaich and Andries Kemp. (Free)
  • Book Store: A wide range of cookery books – including some not yet available in this country – will be available for purchase in our book store. There will also be book signings by the chefs including George Calombaris, Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana and Sarah Graham. (Free)
  • Cake Deco Lab incorporating Kids Deco Lab: The Cake Deco Lab will have experts on hand to show you how to sculpt sugar to form flowers, figurines and cake toppers, decorate with sugar paste and make meringues and marshmallow fluff. (Free)
  • Chef’s Open Theatre: The Good Food & Wine Show is famous for this hugely popular theatre, and good news is that entry this year is free. This is where local and International chefs come together to cook up a storm, flaunt their culinary expertise and demonstrate why they are such superstars in the kitchen. There’s a fabulous and varied line-up this year including George Calombaris, Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana, Lorna Maseko, J’Something, MasterChef SA winner Kamini Pather, Siphokazi Mdlakhomo, Neill Anthony, Claire Allen and Sarah Graham. (Free)
  • Chef’s Table: Intimate master classes with George Calombaris, Neill Anthony and Siba Mtongana. The cost to cook alongside George is R800 and R300 with Siba and Neill.
  • Cooking with Chefs: These are 90-minute hands-on, entertaining demonstrations, where visitors get to cook with local and international chefs. Visitors work at their own cooking stations and after the session can eat what they’ve cooked. There is a real interaction with chefs and a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from the best. (Free)
  • Eat Well, Live Well: Visitors can get the latest trends on favourite health and wellness brands, together with healthy tasters, demonstrations and products with demonstrations by Kamini Pather, Lisa Raleigh, Vanessa Marx, Sarah Graham, Asha Maharaj, Sandren Govender and Deborah Andrews. (Free)
  • Kid’s Corner: Kids Corner will be run by the newly launched Kids Food Academy, an initiative launched by Studio H, that will roll out nationwide from next year, so Durban is the first to experience this. Kids Food Academy is an interactive and fun learning experience that allows kids to take part in the journey that food takes from the farm to the family.

It is an easy to assemble (everything you need comes in a box, you just need to add kids!) and consists of flat-packed cardboard stations and tools, downloadable interactive puzzles, games, fact sheets used at each of the five stations of the journey. Kids take part in five interactive experiences, one at each of five stations:

  • Discover: The Rainbow
  • Learn: The Farm
  • Grow: The Garden
  • Taste: The Market
  • Share: Photobooth (Free)
  • SABC 3 Theatre: Be dazzled by live appearances from local celebrity personalities from leading SABC 3 shows. Come and meet your favourite chef such as Lorna Maseko, Neill Anthony and Clement Pedro. (Free)
  • Short Chef, Skinny Chef: The fun interactive theatre was founded during the lead up to MasterChef SA Season 3. Siphokazi and Claire were roommates during boot camp, became close friends and were lucky enough to be announced as Top 12 finalists together. Short Chef Skinny Chef is a cooking duo like no other. Fun, and interactive, this cooking performance will leave viewers full of laughs, learning interesting tips and techniques, pairings, cooks cheats and recipes they can make at home with ease. More than R30 000 worth of prizes will be given away. (Free)
  • South African Cake Decorators Guild cake display – More than 40 cakes, magnificently embellished by members of the South African Cake Decorators’ Guild, will be on display. (Free)
  • Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa: Will be hosting the KZN Regional Barista Championships.
  • Shongweni Market: This is the heart of home-grown and artisanal products from cured meats, olives to specialty tea.
  • Wine Theatre: Brand new at the show this year. Learn all about wine as well as what varietal goes best with particular dishes. Featuring award-winning sommelier Lloyd Jusa, Lorraine Immelman and Jenny Morris. (Free)


Dates: Friday October 28 to Sunday, October 30.

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

Ticket Prices:

  • Early bird: R85
  • Adults: R100 at the door
  • Students: R70
  • 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)


Available through Computicket (www.computicket.com) or at the door.

The Good Food & Wine Show is bought to Durban by the following sponsors: Durban Tourism, SABC3, Core, Rolkem, Clover, Qantas, Taurus, Total Gaz, Sun Coast and Bidvest.

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