THE Good Food & Wine Show is HERE!


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The much anticipated Good Food and Wine Show 2015 is right around the corner! A week away, to be exact.

As usual there is a lot to take in over the three day festival of proudly South African and local Durban cuisine and drink! So here is what you can expect from this year’s show… warning… stretch pants and a sober driver will be required…

The Chef Line Up:

The biggest question of all is who will be dazzling us this year at the Good Food and Wine Show? It’s a question I ask myself every year; “I wonder who will be featured in Durban?” Wait no more, I have the inside scoop…

Here are some of the International Chefs…

Rick Stein

Acclaimed chef, restaurateur, cookery book author and television presenter, Rick Stein, has written more than 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made more than 30 television programmes. He will be featured in the Celebrity Chef Theatre.

Reza Mahammad

A firm favourite with SA television viewers and Durban foodies, Reza Mahammad, took over the family business when his father passed away, managing The Star of India, one of London’s most successful restaurants.

Brent Owens

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.

Ranae Smith

Thanks to encouragement from her children, Renae Smith applied to become a contestant on MasterChef Australia.  Her successful audition eventually saw her place in the Top 10 where she became known for her love of local ingredients, healthy cooking and vegetarian food.

Local chefs include…

Yudika Sujanani

Yudika 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.

Siphokazi Mdlankomo

Domestic worker, Siphokazi Mdlankomo, captured the hearts of South Africans as she cooked her way to the final of the third season of MasterChef South Africa.

Sheila Somers

Sheila Somers currently works as specialist Indian cuisine sous chef at the Durban International Convention Centre. She trained at Christina Martina’s School of Food and Wine as well as spending time at a five-star hotel in India.

Sandren Govender

Head chef of the Sun Coast Towers Hotel, Sandren Govender is the spice sorcerer at its Jeera restaurant, a national award-winner for elevating Durban Indian cuisine to fine-dining heights.

Roxanne Wardman

The 2014 MasterChef South Africa Season 3 winner. From a young age she experimented with tastes and textures, spices, heat, sweet and salty. From this, she found her ultimate passion, baking!

Peter Ayub

A regular guest on SABC 3 Expresso Show, Peter Ayub is a Cape Town based chef, teacher and author. Peter has had the privilege to cook for Ruby Wax, the Deputy President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Dr Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, Jamie Foxx, and the English cricket team as well Beyonce & Jay-Z.

Penny Fitchet

Penny grew up between Durban and Maritzburg and has been interested in food and cooking for as long as she can remember. Her mother is a great baker while her father makes wonderful Mauritian curries.

Ndumiso Mncwabe

This ambitious 2014 MasterChef South Africa contestant, Ndumiso Mncwabe  had worked his way up from a bar tender to owning his own bar before he decided to take part in the cooking competition.

Lorna Maseko

Lorna is used to breaking perceptions and stereotypes, first making it into the spotlight as the first professional ballet dancer of colour in South Africa. This multi-talented woman has since made her way from the stage to our TV screens, becoming one of SA’s most sought-after personalities.

Lisa Raleigh

Says SA health and wellness expert Lisa Raleigh: “I am delighted to be introducing the Health Hub and kitchen. People are moving towards eating more consciously – while still loving what they eat!

Kevin Joseph

Executive Chef of the Oyster Box Hotel Kevin Joseph started his career in the South African Navy where he received his basic chef training and has since accumulated a wealth of hands-on experience at leading hotels in South Africa and around the world.


Joao Fonseca – known to most of his fans as J’Something – is better known for his catchy tunes and hypotonic moves as the lead singer of award-winning South African band Mi Casa. In early October of 2014, word of a J’Something cooking show made the rounds, the ‘aspiring chef’ and his team soon announced the much-anticipated Something’s Cooking.

Jenny Morris

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.

Indrani Govender

Cooking has always been Indrani Govender’s passion. As a child she loved to cook, spending hours in the kitchen with her mother, learning traditional Indian recipes.

Eric Platter

Erica Platter is a writer-editor and co-author of Durban Curry: So Much of Flavour, which was World Gourmand’s 2015 South African Book of the Year, and runner-up in its Best Book in the World overall category.

Claire Allen

An entrepreneur by the age of 17 and a successful business owner at 28, Claire Allen is the definition of a self-starter. Cape Town based Claire was born to a family of cooks in Dundee in KZN, where her passion for food was nurtured from a very young age.

Asha Maharaj

A renowned Indian cookery authority who travels the country giving cooking demonstrations, hosts a magazine programme on Radio Lotus, demonstrates on TV, has written five books including a bestseller on eggless baking and, since 2000, she has written the hugely-popular cookery pages in the Extra section of The Sunday Times.


What there is to do at the GW&FS 2015?

Baking Theatre:  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. The Baking Theatre is one of the Good Food & Wine Show’s most popular attractions. See demonstrations on the latest in baking tips and trends.

Book Store: 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.

Celebrity Chefs Theatre:  The Good Food & Wine Show is famous for its hugely popular Celebrity Chefs Theatre. This is where local and International chefs come together to cook up a storm, flaunt their culinary expertise and demonstrate why they are such superstars in the kitchen.

Day Market: Celebrating our local food heroes! Experience Durban’s bustling and growing market culture at the show.  This is a hundred percent wholesome experience from fresh vegetables, herbs to delicious home-made food and pastries.

George Rugby Zone:  The George are hosting the rugby zone. They have a draught machine that fills a cup to the top in seven seconds. The big screen TV and sound system will also provide a great viewing spot for the Rugby World Cup final.

Little Einstein’s Kidz Zone: The Little Einstein’s Kidz Zone will provide hourly childcare and gives you peace of mind knowing your little one is cared for in a safe, fun and stimulating environment. The Little Einstein’s Kidz Zone delivers outstanding activity options for children of all ages which take place under the watchful eyes of trained childcare professionals, and all for an affordable hourly rate of R25.

Romancing the Stove: Couples are invited to come and join Giggling Gourmet’s 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 life.

SABC 3 Theatre: Be dazzled by live appearances local celebrity personalities from leading SABC 3 lifestyle shows such as Top Billing, Isidingo and Expresso.  Visitors to the show are invited to catch the chef Q&As on the stand – there is no charge so come and meet your favourite chef.

Sharks Players: It will be World Cup rugby fever on the weekend of the Durban Good Food & Wine Show. Meet Sharks players on Saturday, October 31, and Sunday November 1 at 12:00 and 14:00. Also at the show is Sharkie, one of KZN favourite rugby characters.

Short Chef, Skinny Chef: Short Chef Skinny Chef was founded during the lead up to Master Chef SA Season 3.  Siphokazi and Claire were roommates during boot camp, became close friends and were lucky enough to be announced as Top 12 finalist together. It was a special moment and a bond was created immediately.  Short Chef Skinny Chef is a cooking duo like no other, Claire lives by the motto “My life is a constant battle between my love of food and wanting abs” she wants to create a cooking experience for consumers where they learn tips and tricks to make every meal a just a little healthier as well as learn fun pairings and overall balance with you cooking. Darling Sipho comes in at 1.3 m and when we say dynamite comes in small packages this cook will not disappoint, with a full range of cooking abilities and experience to make any home cook a little jealous she has a fountain of knowledge and love for cooking that will be enjoyed by all.  Fun, and interactive, this cooking performance will leave viewers full of laughs, learning interesting tips and techniques, pairings, cooks cheats and recipes they can make at home with ease.

Slow Food Theatre:  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.

Speciality Street:  This is the heart of home-grown and artisanal products from cured meats, olives to specialty tea.  Specialty Street brings local closer to the consumer to explore, taste and support.

The Great Big Durban Curry Cook-Off: The challenge takes place in the Celebrity Chefs Theatre on Sunday, November 1, at 3pm and features a curry mystery-box challenge between Jenny Morris and Rick Stein versus Reza Mahammad and MasterChef Australia winner Brent Owens. Tickets to The Great Big Durban Curry Cook Off cost R50 and can be booked through Computicket with all proceeds going to the Starfish Foundation.

well i am Theatre: This year’s show boasts a new health hub section where visitors can get the latest trends on favourite health and wellness brands, together with healthy tasters, demonstrations and products.

Wine Walk: Premium wine estates and wine farms bring the finest of the Cape to Durban. Visitors will be spoiled for choice as they taste a host of varietals from various labels. theate lisa raleigh 4

The important details:

The Good Food & Wine Show Durban

Dates: Friday October 30 to Sunday, November 1

Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre, 11 Walnut Road, Durban

Hours: Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, 10:00-21:00; Sunday, November 1, 10:00-18:00

Ticket Prices:

Adults: R 90 at the door

Age 12-18: R 60

Children under 12: Free

Senior Citizens: R 60

Purchase 10 or more tickets: R 80 each

Wine Combo Ticket: R 115 (Includes show entry, wine tasting glass & 5 wine tasting vouchers)

Wine Tasting Prices:

Wine Combo Ticket: R 115 (Includes show entry, wine tasting glass & 5 wine tasting vouchers)

Wine Glass: R 30 (Includes GFWS glass to keep and 5 tasting vouchers)

Additional Wine Vouchers: R 25 (1 booklet with 5 wine tasting vouchers)

Celebrity Chefs Theatre Prices:

  • Local Chefs: Your GF&WS entrance tickets allows you entry. Seating is limited.
  • International Chefs: R 100 (GFWS entry not included)
  • Kids under four who sit on laps: Free

Tickets: Available through Computicket ( or at the door.

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