Reza Mahammad and Yudhika Sujanani join the Durban Good Food & Wine Show

The Prince of Spice Reza Mahammad – a firm favourite with South African television viewers – will be back at the Good Food & Wine Show in Durban thanks to overwhelming demand from audiences.

Also signed for the country’s most popular food extravaganza, which takes place from October 30 to November 1, is another spice maestro, Yudhika Sujanani, also known as the “curry queen of bling”.

They will be joining a world-class line-up that includes UK chef, restauranteur and author Rick Stein; MasterChef Australia 2014 winner Brent Owens and Mahammad’s good friend, Durban born Jenny Morris.

Reza will be joining the Giggling Gourmet in a new Food Network series Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy, to be aired on the channel (DStv Channel 175) later this year.

Mahammad has done it all – from being a TV chef and restaurateur to writing a number of best-selling cookbooks.

“All the roles are interdependent,” he says, “and I love them all! The common theme is the interaction with people. There is nothing quite like the buzz you get from a live audience. I have always loved people and I am blessed that my work often takes me around the world. For me, South Africa is becoming a home away from home – I love the people and I can’t wait to be back in October. I will be doing my own show as well as cooking with Jenny. Expect loads of entertainment and fun!”

Throughout her career, celebrity chef, author and spice creator Yudhika Sujanani has stuck to what she knows best: curry. The author of several cookery books she has appeared on SABC2 as well as on the Home Channel with Sugar & Spice. She will be appearing at both the Celebrity Chefs Theatre as well as teaching audiences the tricks of the trade in the popular Baking Theatre.

Says GM of Fiera Milano South Africa, the organisers of the Good Food & Wine Show, Heidi Warricker: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing such well known chefs to the show. We are also pleased to be working once again with Durban Tourism in promoting the city and all the wonderful attractions it has to offer on the food front.”

Phillip Sithole, head of Durban Tourism echoes this sentiment: “The Good Food & Wine Show has undoubtedly proven to be a vibrant platform to showcase Durban’s unique and multi-cultural cuisine to an array of globally recognised chefs and food television networks. The

city is constantly evolving with vast innovation and talent in the food tourism industry. We are confident that the event also allows opportunities for our local home-grown culinary chefs to be showcased and be nurtured with some of the mastery global chefs’ skills and recipes. The City also takes the opportunity to have a Township Cook-off every year with the celebrated chefs and our locals, sharing local flavours, authentic cuisine and imparting inspiring cooking techniques to our locals in a true township style restaurant.”

The Durban Good Food & Wine Show takes place from October 30 to November 1 at the Durban Exhibition Centre in association with Durban Tourism. There will be book signings with all the celebrity chefs at the show. The visiting chefs will be staying at the Oyster Box Hotel.