REZA MAHAMMAD AND YUDHIKA SUJANANI IN CELEBRITY CHEFS LINE-UP



REZA MAHAMMAD AND YUDHIKA SUJANANI JOIN THE DURBAN GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW CELEBRITY CHEFS LINE-UP

The Prince of Spice Reza Mahammad – a firm favourite with South African television viewers – will be back at the Good Food & Wine Show in Durban thanks to overwhelming demand from audiences.

 

Also signed for the country’s most popular food extravaganza, which takes place from October 30 to November 1, is another spice maestro, Yudhika Sujanani, also known as the “curry queen of bling”.

 

They will be joining a world-class line-up that includes UK chef, restauranteur and author Rick Stein; MasterChef Australia 2014 winner Brent Owens and Mahammad’s good friend, Durban born Jenny Morris.

 

Reza will be joining the Giggling Gourmet in a new Food Network series Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy, to be aired on the channel (DStv Channel 175) later this year.

 

Mahammad has done it all - from being a TV chef and restaurateur to writing a number of best-selling cookbooks.

 

“All the roles are interdependent,” he says, “and I love them all! The common theme is the interaction with people. There is nothing quite like the buzz you get from a live audience.  I have always loved people and I am blessed that my work often takes me around the world. For me, South Africa is becoming a home away from home - I love the people and I can't wait to be back in October. I will be doing my own show as well as cooking with Jenny. Expect loads of entertainment and fun!"

 

Throughout her career, celebrity chef, author and spice creator Yudhika Sujanani has stuck to what she knows best: curry. The author of several cookery books she has appeared on SABC2 as well as on the Home Channel with Sugar & Spice. She will be appearing at both the Celebrity Chefs Theatre as well as teaching audiences the tricks of the trade in the popular Baking Theatre.

 

Says GM of Fiera Milano South Africa, the organisers of the Good Food & Wine Show, Heidi Warricker: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing such well known chefs to the show. We are also pleased to be working once again with Durban Tourism in promoting the city and all the wonderful attractions it has to offer on the food front.”

 

Phillip Sithole, head of Durban Tourism echoes this sentiment: “The Good Food & Wine Show has undoubtedly proven to be a vibrant platform to showcase Durban’s unique and multi-cultural cuisine to an array of globally recognised chefs and food television networks. The

 

city is constantly evolving with vast innovation and talent in the food tourism industry. We are confident that the event also allows opportunities for our local home-grown culinary chefs to be showcased and be nurtured with some of the mastery global chefs’ skills and recipes. The City also takes the opportunity to have a Township Cook-off every year with the celebrated chefs and our locals, sharing local flavours, authentic cuisine and imparting inspiring cooking techniques to our locals in a true township style restaurant.”

 

The Durban Good Food & Wine Show takes place from October 30 to November 1 at the Durban Exhibition Centre in association with Durban Tourism. There will be book signings with all the celebrity chefs at the show. The visiting chefs will be staying at the Oyster Box Hotel.

 

MEET THE CHEFS

 

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.  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.

 

 

 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. 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.

 

REZA MAHAMMAD

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.

 

RICK STEIN

Rick Stein is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur, cookery book author and television presenter who has written more than 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made more than 30 television programmes. He has also cooked for The Queen and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and French President, Jacques Chirac. He is best known for a love of fresh seafood and made his name in the 90s with his earliest books and television series based on his life as chef and owner of The Seafood Restaurant in the fishing port of Padstow on the North Coast of Cornwall. Stein is the owner of nine restaurants in the UK and one in Australia. Stein has written numerous cookery books inspired by his travels, the most recent of which is Rick Stein from Venice to Istanbul which will be released in South Africa in September.  Stein has been the recipient of multiple awards, among them the National Restaurant Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2015, the Food Writers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award 2015, the AA Centenary Awards, AA Lifetime Achievement winner for 2008-2009, the 2007 Le Cordon Bleu World Media Awards – Honoured for outstanding achievements in the industry and inducted into the Tasting Australia International Hall of Fame.

 

YUDHIKA SUJANANI

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.

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Good Food & Wine Show Durban

Dates: Friday October 30 to Sunday, November 1.

Celebrity Chefs: Rick Stein; Brent Owens, MasterChef Australia winner, Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris and Yudhika Sujanani

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:

  • Early Bird: R 80 (valid until end September 2015 online via Computicket)

  • 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: R 75 (GFWS entry not included)

  • Local Chefs early bird: R 50 (valid until end September 2015 online via Computicket - GFWS entry not included)

  • International Chefs: R 100 (GFWS entry not included)

  • International Chefs early bird: R 75 (valid until end September 2015 online via Computicket - GFWS entry not included)

  • Kids under four who sit on laps: Free


 

Tickets: Available through Computicket (www.computicket.com) or at the door.

 

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