Foodies In Durban Are In For A Weekend Of Sheer Delight
If you have any plans to get out and about this weekend, make sure that attending The Good Food And Wine Show is a must on your list. You will not be disappointed. Last night, organizers of show hosted a preview of what can be expected at the show this weekend, and no one was disappointed with what they saw, tasted or drank. The event, which was held at the Elangeni and Maharani’s pool deck was filled from beginning to end with gastronomic delights.
Head Chef of the hotel, Shaun Monroe left no detail to chance as the feast laid out left many loosening their belt buckles. The hotel had adapted 1 recipe from each guest chef that will be at the Good Food and Wine Show. From Hayden Quinn’s beer steamed muscles to Sanjay Kapoor’s spinach and cashew curry, tastebuds did little flips of delight as each dish was tested.
The theme for this year’s show is “Celebration,” a fitting choice as the city celebrated the festival of lights, Diwali last night. Councillor Logie Naidoo was one of the first speakers to take to the podium last night, with words of praise for the city and the show’s previous success. Last year, the Good Food and Wine Show brought in over One million rands of P.R. value to the city. Welcoming guests, international chefs and organizers to the city, he dutifully informed them that Durban was a city where, “The weather is hot, the people are hot and the food is hot!” Much to the amusement to many attending.
All the guest chefs took a moment at the podium to express their gratitude at being at the show. Every one of them mentioned the warm hospitality they had received so far. For some of the chefs, Durban was a home away from home, particularly, MasterChef SA’s Benni Masekwameng who had studied and started of his career in Durban. Also feeling quite at home was Hayden Quinn. The Australian born chef said the warm beaches and spicy food was something he grew up in as well.
India’s most well known chef and international food legend, Sanjay Kapoor is making his debut appearence at the Good Food and Wine Show. Author of 154 cookbooks (yes, you read that right) he said he is delighted to be in a part of the show and to visit Durban. He sang praises of the city and its people’s hospitality. Another spice king and much loved favorite, Reza Mahammad said that he would be bringing some new flavors to his cooking after traveling through Thailand and Vietnam.
For those sweet tooth fanatics, The Cake Boss’s right hand man Mauro Castano will be demonstrating his expertise at the show on Saturday and Sunday. Full of smiles, he said he loved the scenic beaches of Durban and looks forward to visiting again with his family for a holiday. He treated guests to a demonstration of icing cupcakes, but his expert skill was hard to match to those who tried.
The Good Food And Wine Show will run from Friday until Sunday. It is held at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Ticket prices vary for celebrity chef shows. General admission is R80 per adult and R40 per child.
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