George Calombaris to headline new look Durban Good Food & Wine Show

George Calombaris to headline new look Durban Good Food & Wine Show – Joined by fellow celebrity chefs Siba Mtongana, Jenny Morris, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony and J’Something

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.”