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Masterchef Australia winner and Gordon Ramsay for Good Food & Wine Show

Masterchef Australia winner and Gordon Ramsay for Good Food & Wine Show in Johannesburg

TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay along with Masterchef Australia winner Adam Liaw are two of the high-profile guests at the upcoming Good Food & Wine Show which takes place at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg from September 22 to 25.

This year‘s show is bigger and better than ever before with something for everyone of all ages including fantastic shopping, celebrity chef demonstrations, wine tasting and top restaurants in a special new restaurant area.

The international celebrity chefs – many of whom are regulars on South African TV screens – are always a huge drawcard. Come and meet:

•  Adam Liaw is the winner of Master Chef Australia, which was watched by thousands of South Africans. He will be demonstrating his culinary skills in Asian cuisine and he has a new book out Two Asian Kitchens.

•  Sophie Michell has worked at some of London‘s best restaurants including The Green House, The Lanesborough and The Embassy. She has a real passion for nutrition and healthy eating.   She was the private chef for a world famous supermodel for two years and has cooked for various other A-list clients and is the presenter of the TV series and book Cook Yourself Thin.

•  Alvin Quah, another competitor in Masterchef Australia and who was a big hit at the Durban Good Food and Wine Show, will also be showing his skills in Asian cuisine. After numerous years studying, and with a pharmaceutical career behind him, Alvin says that MasterChef Australia has finally given him the opportunity to do what he loves and that‘s cooking up a storm.

•  Gordon Ramsay‘s television shows, books and 12 Michelin stars have won him international fame in just about every corner of the world.   This Scottish cooking legend has earned legions of TV fans thanks to shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen and The F Word. This will be Ramsay‘s first Johannesburg appearance.

•  Clare Smyth‘s credentials are exemplary and her rise to Head Chef at the three Michelin starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is not surprising. Clare‘s devotion to her craft and her uncompromising standards, meticulous work ethic are just two of the reasons why she remains the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with this accolade in the UK.

•  Silvena Rowe is a Bulgarian-born chef, TV presenter and food writer. She has recently opened a new restaurant Quince in the Mayfair Hotel in London. She has written for The Guardian and cooked for Claudia Schiffer, Tina Turner and Cher. Her book Feasts won a Glendfiddich food and drink award. Specialising in Eastern Mediterranean food, Silvena spends one week each month cooking with various chefs around Turkey, Syria and Jordan. She will be launching her new book Oriental Express at the show. The book is full of Ottoman inspired mezze-style recipes perfect for the summer.

All the visiting chefs will be staying at the Southern Sun Palazzo MonteCasino.

Children and healthy nutrition are a vital focus of the festival and the Good Food & Wine Show will be launching the long awaited Baby Jake for the very first time in South Africa at the Good Food For Kids Theatre. Baby Jake, which is heading to DSTV‘s CBeebies, is the story of Baby Jake, the youngest of 10 children, who lives in a windmill where he‘s a much-loved, cute, happy gurgling boy. The pre-school series mixes live action and 2D photographic animation and combines gentle, enchanting storytelling, carefully crafted humour and the magical imagination of a young child.    

The Samsung Chefs in Action, sponsored by Samsung, AFROX Handigas and M-Net, will provide a stage for these international experts to show off and entertain audiences with their skills.

Home baking has had a renaissance around the world in the past year and the Good Food & Wine Show is keeping up-to-date with international culinary trends by introducing a brand new theatre – the Huletts Baking Theatre. It focuses on baking, patisserie and desserts and is guaranteed to take your skills to another level.

The Get Fresh with BBC Lifestyle is offering hands-on cooking workshops in association with DStv, Woolworths and ELBA, for those who simply can‘t resist participating.   This is an extraordinary opportunity for an everyday foodie to work alongside a world-class gourmand and discover the secrets of their personal, favourite recipes.

Those who appreciate a fine tipple will be able to take part in wine tastings, the National Cocktail Championships, Oude Meester Music Lounge, Conjure Cognac Lounge, Johnnie Walker Whisky Tastings and the Isidingo Bar, where celebs and other glamorous socialites are bound to be seen.

Joburgers are renowned for their love of restaurants and City Bites is a feature of the show that promises not to disappoint.   Here visitors will get the chance to literally visit and sample the fare of a long list of Jozi‘s finest hot spots.   From old favourite landmarks to the latest eateries, City Bites is the perfect place to read menus, meet friendly owners and chefs, sample signature dishes or relax and have a leisurely meal.   All under one roof – comparing restaurants couldn‘t be more convenient.  

Entrance tickets to the show (R80 for adults and R45 for pensioners and children) and bookings for the Samsung Chefs in Action Theatre and Wine Tastings can be bought through Computicket, while bookings for the Hand‘s on Workshops, which are expected to sell out, must be made through Tyron on bookings@gourmetsa.com or call on 021 702 2280.

From the elegant gourmet and dessert specialists to the outdoor braai master – this jam-packed programme has something for everyone. With loads of exhibitors from small producers to big brands this year’s Good Food & Wine Show is the perfect place to pick up gift ideas and recipe inspirations to impress friends and family.

More details on www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za