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Celebrity chefs and fine food and wine at Good Food & Wine Show

 
The Summer Good Food & Wine Show � Africa�s biggest culinary extravaganza which takes place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand from November 1 to 4 - rates as the finest culinary show in South Africa.

The international celebrity chefs are always a huge drawcard.

Jetting into Jozi for the show are:

The Hairy Bikers: Coming to the show for the first time are television stars Dave Myers and Si King aka The Hairy Bikers. Myers and King are not your ordinary culinary connoisseurs but one thing is for sure they do know their food and are willing to travel on their motorbikes to the ends of the earth to get to know it better which they have done on travels documented by BBC Food.

Mich Turner: The intricate art of cake making soars to spectacular new heights in the deft hands of Mich Turner, famous for creating celebrity cakes for some of the world�s glitziest names. This attractive blonde has conjured up some amazing confectionary in her time, including birthday cakes for David Beckham�s 30th and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay�s 40th. Turner�s list of famous clients include Madonna, Paul McCartney, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Elvis Costello, footballer Ashley Cole and the Osbournes.

Andrew Nutter: Andrew Nutter has enjoyed a career studded with remarkable highs, having learnt his skills from the best in the business. It all began at the age of 13 when he was runner up in the national junior cook of the year award. Shortly afterwards he was a finalist in the Daily Mail �Cook of the Year,� which then led to a job offer at London�s Savoy Hotel. After three years of intensive and invaluable training at the Savoy, Andrew moved to France for two years working in Michelin starred restaurants all over the country. After returning to London he worked under the watchful eye of Gary Rhodes at the Greenhouse Restaurant. At 21, he opened Nutters, his own brand restaurant, with the backing of his family. Nutter will be heading up the organic forum and doing demonstrations and talking about healthy eating.

Keith Hurdman: Hurdman, master-chocolatier for Melt, an award-winning specialist chocolate shop in Notting Hill, holds the prestigious Truffe D'or as Swiss Champion Confectioner/ Chocolatier. In 2003 he became an ambassador of Belgian chocolate and is a multiple award winner in international competitions including a double gold at the World Chocolate Awards 2007. Dubbed �the city's coolest new chocolatier� by London�s Time Out, Keith Hurdman is causing quite a scene in the UK as a modern day Willy Wonke.

Brian Turner: Turner is one of Britain's most successful and well-known chefs. In addition to running highly respected restaurants in the UK, he has become a successful television personality, with regular appearances on �Ready Steady Cook� and �Great Food Live�. For many years he worked as resident chef on Granada's �This Morning�' and to add to his achievements he has had his own BBC series �Anything you can Cook�. He has enjoyed immense success, from opening restaurants, to writing books, and from serving as chairman on some of the top culinary boards, to launching his own Brian Turner coffee range. One of his greatest successes is a CBE award for his services to tourism and training in the catering industry which was awarded in June 2002. He runs the restaurant Turners in the UK.

Sophie Grigson: With a legendary food writer for a mother (Jane Grigston), Sophie Grigston has become a best-selling cookery writer and household name. Attracted to the world of cookery through an interest in ethnic food shops, fresh food has become her cornerstone in the culinary world. Inspired by her mother, she began to write food articles and even create her own recipes for national newspapers. In 1993 Sophie�s TV career began with a 12-part series �Grow Your Greens, Eat Your Greens�. In addition Sophie has presented and appeared on numerous TV series, has written very successful cookery books and in 2001 she won Guild of Food Writers Cookery Journalist Award. Sophie continues to flourish with her TV shows �Grigson�, �Sophie Grigson�s Herbs�, �Sophie Grigson�s Weekend� and �Sophie�s Sunshine Food�, which all feature on UKTV Food. She also contributes to BBC Good Food, London Evening Standard and the Independent on Sunday

Michelle Canston: Michele Cranston combines a lifelong love of food and art by being both a renowned food writer and stylist. She has been the author of the world renowned Marie Claire cookbooks since 2001 and is the Food Editor of Marie Claire magazine Australia. She was invited by Bill Granger the successful restaurateur, author and consultant to Marks and Spencer, to help him set up his landmark Sydney eatery, Bills. The five years Michele spent helping him establish Bills shaped an already instinctive approach to cooking and food presentation. �It was groundbreaking for us,� says Michele. �Prior to bills there were restaurants and cafes but nothing in between. Bill set the standard for how food could be made in that environment. We worked together to come up with something different, relying on what we instinctively understood about food.�� In 2000 she became Marie Claire magazines food editor in Australia, taking over from Donna Hay. Cranston will launch the latest in her collection of hit recipe books �Seasonal Kitchen� at the GF&W Show.

Other Good Food & Wine Show highlights include:

Barista Championships: The country�s best coffee makers will go head-to-head in the Barista Championships. The winning barista will take part in the SA National Championships and stand in line to win a trip to Copenhagen in June 2008 to compete in the World Barista Championships. When using the term in English, �barista� refers to a person who has expertise in the preparation of espresso-based coffee drinks. When they�ve climbed the ladder they become a �coffee sommelier�; a professional who is highly skilled in coffee preparation, with a comprehensive understanding of coffee, coffee blends, espresso, quality, coffee varieties, roast degree, espresso equipment, maintenance and latte art.

South African World Class Mixology Championships: Cocktail bars from Soweto and Sandton to Norwood and Newtown will participate in the National Classic Cocktail Championships. They stand a chance to take first place and represent South Africa at the World Cocktail Championships in Porto Rico next year - all expenses paid. Bartenders will enter from across the country and will be required to make four drinks in the following categories: 1) Gins, rums and tequilas. 2) Vodkas, 3) Whiskies 4) Creams. Heats to take place Thursday, November 1 and Friday November 2, semifinals on Saturday November 3 and the finals on Sunday November 4. International judges will be present, looking for a balance of, efficiency, taste, aroma presentation and originality in each cocktail.

Best South African Restaurant Chefs Theatre showcases the best of South African talent. All the best chefs from Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town will be demonstrating. The list of participating restaurants and the gourmet menu�s that will be served can be found on www.gourmetsa.com closer to the show.

The Kids Cookie Factory will appeal to all youngsters � from toddlers to teens. There are cookery classes for children plus colouring-in. Each aspiring chef will also be given an apron and chef�s hat to wear..

The Great Wine Sale: Some of country�s top brands will be sold at bargain prices � perfect for the upcoming festive season. Some wines on sale will be Allee Bleue, Alto Rouge, Beyerskloof, Bilton, Blaauklippen, Conradie, Deetlefs Wine Estate, Freedom Hill, Fryer�s Cove, Geffen Wines, Hex River, Journeys End, Kango Wines, Lindhorst Wines, Lynx Wines, Lorraine Trust, Longridge, Neethlingshof, Nixan Wines, Plaisir de Merle, Rietvallei, Stellenzicht, Stellar Winery, Slanghoek, Thokozani and Whale Haven.

The Chefs In Action Theatre: See international and local chefs in action as well as celebrities like Highveld�s Jeremy Mansfield and Miss SA Megan Coleman.

The Organic. This area will be anchored by BBC celeb chef Andrew Nutter with one hour demos by local and international chefs. Topics will include global organic trends, organics for children, organic teas and coffees and the health benefits of organic foods.

Hands On Workshops � Join the action at the Hands-on workshops, where you get to cook trendsetting dishes with the latest, most innovative celebrity chefs.

Eastern Mosaic Theatre � The secrets India, Japan, China and the Middle East will be revealed, and you�ll be able to stock up on all those exotic spices you�ve always wanted in order to make the perfect Asian dish. TV stars Candice Moodley and Imraan Vagar of SABC�s Eastern Mosaic will be meeting fans.

Hundreds of companies ranging from small producers through to the big brands and supermarkets promote their products at the Good Food & Wine Show and provide you with a chance to pick up some great additions to your kitchen � at bargain prices.

Each year, the Good Food & Wine Show grows and shifts, as it should with the changing global and local trends. Nothing remains static. It�s a South African show with an international flavour based on global trends.

Entrance for the Johannesburg show is R60 for adults and R30 for children under 12 and pensioners. Show doors open Thursday to Saturday (November 1 to 3) 10am to 8pm and Sunday (November 4) from 10am to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door or prebooked through Computicket 083 915 8000. Visit www.gourmetsa.com or call 084 565 0069 for more information.


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