Meet the chefs at The Good Food & Wine Show @goodfoodSA #JoziStyle


The Good Food & Wine Show comes to this weekend with one of the strongest line-ups of chefs in years, as well as new attractions such as the well.i.am kitchen and the Slow Food Theatre.

Popular MasterChef Australia winner Brent Owens will be one of the star attractions at the show, which takes place at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26. Other international celebrity guests include cook, TV personality, author and raconteur Tom Parker Bowles, popular UK MasterChef judge John Torode, Australian patissier and chef Adriano Zumbo – who made a name for himself on MasterChef Australia – as well as Reza Mahammad, a firm favourite with South African television viewers. They will be joined by celebrated South African television cooking personalities Jenny Morris (aka the Giggling Gourmet), MasterChef South Africa judge Benny Masekwameng, Siba Mtongana, presenter of Siba’s Table, Coco Reinarhz now appearing on SABC3’s Little Big Cook Off and celebrity chef and author Yudhika Sujanani, known as the “Curry Queen of Bling”.

There will be more than 200 exhibitors at this year’s show enabling visitors to discover what’s hot and trending on the culinary circuit in food, drink and appliances. There will also be delicious tasters, loads of free goodies and competition giveaways.

Adriano Zumbo, now Australia’s most celebrated pastry and dessert chef, 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 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. His latest book is The Zumbo Files.

South African chef and television personality Benny Masekwameng is best known as a judge on MasterChef South Africa. Benny was educated in Catering Management at the Natal Technikon. After graduation, he was snapped up by the Hilton Hotel Group, where he spent the next seven years working his way up the ranks in the kitchen. In 2006 he joined Southern Sun and over a period of five years advanced to the top position of Executive Chef. Benny has represented South Africa at international food festivals in Madagascar and Jamaica, living out his passion for South African cuisine and promoting the country.

Brenty – as his fellow contestants called him – stole the hearts of millions around the globe when he won the sixth season of MasterChef Australia and became a firm favourite thanks to his unassuming and down-to-earth approach. His book Dig In reflects his personal philosophy of cooking – “to build your own take on something traditional.” Owens admits that he didn’t really take to cooking until he was in his late teens: “You really don’t know what your passion is when you are 18 or 19. I didn’t realise food was my passion until I started watching food shows,” he says. 

Burundian chef Coco Reinarhz, the star of SABC3’s Little Big Cook Off, is at the forefront of the modern African food movement thanks to his restaurants Le Petit Sel Bistro and Le Sel. His innovative fine dining Afro-fusion culinary style, combines classic French cuisine with the most opulent of African flavours. He has co-authored To the Banqueting House: African Cuisine an Epic Journey, which won an international award at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Reinarhz attended the Hotel Management School at Ecole Hotelière de Namur in Belgium. He has now made South Africa his home.

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 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.

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, including Quaglino’s, Pont de la Tour and Mezzo, where he was head chef. In 1996 he started doing television work, and appeared on ITV’s This Morning until 2000. 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. He is the author of 10 cookbooks.

Reza Mahammad is a firm favourite with SA television viewers. When his father died, Reza took over the family business, managing The Star of India, one of London’s most successful restaurants. “I almost became involved in the food business by default because I was still in school. I was fond of music and arts but I never thought I was going to go into food. Although I loved food and liked cooking, I didn’t realise that it was going to become a career.” Reza – star of African Kitchen – has teamed up with Jenny Morris to co-present a new Food Network TV series Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy, which is due to transmit on the channel (DStv Channel 175) later this year.


Siba Mtongana epitomises the rich fusion culture of South African food today, giving the traditional recipes she grew up with a totally modern twist and an injection of international flavour. She was born in East London and moved to Cape Town to study Food and Consumer Science. Siba began her culinary career as a Food Editor at Drum magazine and became a household name thanks to her TV show Siba’s Table. She says she was influenced by Delia Smith, and is also a fan of Nigella Lawson’s and Jamie Oliver’s cooking shows.

Tom 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. A respected food critic with regular columns in the Daily Mail’s Night and Day magazine as well as Tatler magazine, he is also an award-winning author. His latest book, Let’s Eat Meat was an instant hit with critics and consumers. Tom has co-presented Market Kitchen on the UK’s Good Food Channel as well as 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 filming the Channel Nine Australian cooking series The Hot Plate.

Much of Yudhika’s youth was spent in hotel kitchens due to her mother’s career as a professional chef. In 2002 she opened her restaurant, Salaam Bombay, which she sold six years later. She has published a number of cookbooks including Curry Me Home. She started the highly acclaimed Curry Club, an idea born out of her love of entertaining, that raised money for the Starfish Foundation. She also has her own spice range.


Baking has made a major comeback around the world and is one of the hottest food trends currently. 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 (where they are currently filming a local version). The Baking Theatre is one of the Good Food & Wine Show’s most popular attractions. This year join Amina Hlongwane from JEM SA, a company that has been in operation for over 36 years and is renowned for making sugar flowers and confectionery equipment. Chefs from the South African Chefs’ Association (SACA) will also be giving the latest in baking tips and trends.

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.

A new feature for the Johannesburg show, in which couples are invited to come and join Jenny Morris for live interactive cooking lessons where they are shown how to create food that lifts moods, celebrates special occasions and adds a bit of spice to their love lives. Saucy food – and, in fact, all things related to gastronomic pleasure – can be really sexy and seductive. Preparing food with your partner can be a lot more enjoyable than you realise and who better to teach us than our very own cooking queen. “Food is a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses”, says Morris who admits that for her touch is vital. “Feeling your food is important,” she says. “Caress it, stroke it and know it intimately. How you eat your food will reveal what kind of lover you are. You don’t want someone who eats a sosatie (kebab) with a knife and fork,” says Jenny, with the naughty spontaneous laugh that has earned her the moniker of Giggling Gourmet.

Be entertained by live appearances by local celebrities from leading SABC 3 shows such as Top Billing, Isidingo and Expresso.

Slow Food – the global movement involving millions of people in more than 150 countries around the world – will be represented for the first time at the Good Food & Wine Show. As important as the food itself is the opportunity for small producers to access a public platform to promote their fare to a wider audience. Family farming and artisanal food stuffs are crucial to job creation, sustainability and food security and it is a sector in our society that should be nurtured and grown.

The Slow Food Theatre will provide this platform and create opportunities as well as general awareness of producers in and around our city.
The line-up includes:
The mystery of honey
Making nougat
Nut butters
Rex Union marmalade
Slow Food Ark of Taste – preservation of biodiversity
Yoghurt, kefir and probiotic fermentation
Sausages and bacon
Rare breed pigs and the art of charcuterie
Highveld olive oil – understanding oil
The real Vienna sausage
Raw milk cheeses of South Africa
Sour dough bread
Bacon, biltong and pumpkin spreads
Salts of South Africa
Green Acre Living – farming in your own backyard
Banting baking – you can have your cake and eat it
Afrikaner beef –  heritage flavour 
Artisan baking – shortbread and cookies
What is real ice cream?

This is the heart of home-grown and artisanal products from cured meats and olives to specialty teas.

THE well.i.am KITCHEN
This year’s show boasts a new health hub section where health and fitness expert Lisa Raleigh will be present at the well.i.am kitchen. Get the latest trends on favourite health and wellness brands, together with healthy tasters, demonstrations and products. Raleigh has been an exercise authority for more than 13 years and specialises in wellness, digestion, stress management, obesity and fitness technology. Look out for, among others Nutribullet, The Skinny Juice Co, Mi Whey Protein Ice Cream, The Primal Pantry, The Real Meal Revolution, The Red Basket Company, Coconut Connection and Oryx Desert Salt. The Real Meal Revolution champions Banting, the buzzword du jour, and a whole range of ‘banting’ foods on show.

Also new this year will be the Kids Theatre where children – from the ages of 3 to10-years old, can take part in 30-minute fun fitness classes throughout the day. To be hosted by Stretch-n-Grow South Africa, three different classes will be on offer throughout each day.

Premium wine estates and wine farms bring the finest of the Cape to Gauteng. Visitors will be spoiled for choice as they taste a host of varietals from various labels.

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 www.computicket.com or at the door.

Visit the www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za.

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