TOM PARKER BOWLES, JOHN TORODE AND ADRIANO ZUMBO FOR GF&WS
Joining them are celebrated South African TV cooking personalities Jenny Morris, Benny Masekwameng and Siba Mtongana
Cook, TV personality, author and raconteur Tom Parker Bowles, UK MasterChef judge John Torode and Australian patissier and chef Adriano Zumbo are just three of the headline attractions at this year’s Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show, which takes place at the Ticketpro Dome from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26.
They will be joining celebrated South African television cooking personalities Jenny Morris (aka the Giggling Gourmet), MasterChef South Africa judge Benny Masekwameng and Siba Mtongana, presenter of Siba’s Table.
Parker Bowles – the only son of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – is a respected cook, TV personality and author who is in huge demand around the world for his food demonstrations and talks.
He is the Mail’s on Sunday’s Food Critic, as well as Food Editor of Esquire Magazine and a Contributing Editor to Conde Nast Traveller and Departures (US).
Parker Bowles’ first book, published in 2004, was E Is For Eating – An Alphabet of Greed. His next book, The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes, was published in 2007 while Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food – published in 2009 – won the Guild of Food Writers 2010 award for ‘Best Work on British Food’.
Parker Bowles’ Let’s Eat: Recipes From My Kitchen Notebook was published in 2011 and is a compendium of his favourite recipes, collected from around the world, and written with the amateur cook in mind.
His latest book – published at the end of last year – is Let’s Eat Meat, which was an instant hit with critics and the public as he advocated eating less meat but better quality meat and the book is filled with superb recipes and helpful hints when buying meat.
Says Parker Bowles: “I am in love with this particular protein, in its every guise, from rib of beef to dishes seasoned with a scrap of the stuff.”
But his favourite meat is roast chicken: “My mother used to cook it, smothered in butter, with a lemon shoved where the sun don’t shine. Hot oven for just more than an hour, rest and serve with mashed potato and peas. Simple, and if you get a decent chicken, sublime.”
From 2007 to 2010 Parker Bowles co-presented Market Kitchen on the UK’s Good Food Channel and, at the same time, presented LBC Radio‘s Food and Drink Programme. He was a judge on the ITV Food series Food Glorious Food (which aired on DStv) and is currently a judge on the Channel Nine Australian cooking series The Hot Plate, which will broadcast in the second half of 2015.
He is married to South African-born Sara Buys who is the editor for the British magazine Harpers & Queen. They have two children.
Australian born John Torode’s big break came after moving to London and having a chance meeting with Terence Conran. Soon after he started working at top restaurants owned by Conran. These included Quaglino’s, Pont de la Tour and Mezzo, where he was head chef.
In 1996 he started doing television work, and he was on ITV’s This Morning until 2000. In 1997 he co-wrote the best-selling Mezzo Cookbook and in 2000 he opened the successful Smiths of Smithfield restaurant, specialising in simple but classy meat dishes.
Torode – along with Gregg Wallace – launched the updated BBC show MasterChef in 2005. By 2011, the show had been sold to 25 countries and was named “the biggest food-related television show worldwide” spawning spin-offs such as MasterChef Australia and MasterChef SA as well as Junior MasterChef and Celebrity MasterChef.
Torode has said in interviews that he enjoys that the show is unscripted and that the cameras are just there to capture the genuine interactions between the judges and the contestants.
He is the author of 10 cookbooks. Like Parker Bowles, roast chicken remains one of his favourite dishes because of the connection to his childhood.
Adriano Zumbo, now Australia’s most celebrated pastry and dessert chefs, is known for his croquembouche tower, V8 cake and fairy-tale house on MasterChef Australia.
He opened his first shop in 2007, and began selling confectionary-as-art.
Zumbo says he became a regular on MasterChef “by accident”, he says. He was asked on to the show to help design a “croquembouche challenge” but soon found himself in front of the camera and has been invited back nearly 15 times.
The trend in desserts internationally is away from tricky molecular gastronomy with the focus now on classic desserts such as crème brulee, tiramisu and lemon meringue.
His latest book is the acclaimed The Zumbo Files.
“Readers will find a lot of sweets, sections on mastering the basics of pastry and a chapter of savoury offerings as well,” he says. “I love creating new mash-ups and flavour combinations, so readers will hopefully be surprised by the end result. One that’s come to mind is my sausage rolls with Earl Grey tea…”
He discusses his appearances on MasterChef Australia.
“It changed my life. The power of TV really can’t be underestimated. After I did the macaroon tower, things got crazy in my shop. For months I was closing my store at 9:30 am because I had nothing left to sell. I’m proud of everything I’ve done. I’m proud of the people I’ve worked with and the people I now get to train in my kitchens. I’m proud that I get to do this for a living, because this is a tough business.”
Says GM and the new driving force behind the Good Food & Wine Show, Heidi Warricker: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing Tom, John and Adriano to the Johannesburg show. They are not only well known personalities but also well-respected and established chefs in their own right and each of them will be bringing something new and different to this year’s Good Food & Wine Show.
“In addition to these three top celebrity chefs, we will be announcing some other top culinary draw cards for the Johannesburg leg of the show shortly,” adds Warricker.
The Good Food & Wine Show Johannesburg
Dates: Thursday, July 23, to Sunday, July 26.
Venue: Ticketpro Dome (formerly the Coca-Cola Dome), Corner Olievenhout and Northumberland Roads, Northriding
Hours: Thursday, July 23, to Saturday, July 25, 10:00-20:00; Sunday, July 26, 10:00-18:00
Cost: R130 for adults, R110 for pensioners, R110 for children 13-18 years old, R50 for children 7-12 years old, free for children under the age of six.
Tickets: Available through Computicket (www.computicket.com) or at the door.
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