LOCAL CHEFS COMMEND THE DURBAN GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW
*Caption: Amateur Chef and Musician J-Something interacts with consumers
Written by: Thembelenkosini Makhuba
Local chefs cooked up a storm at The Durban Good Food and Wine show this past weekend. The show, which also boasted international chefs such as Australian Chef George Calombaris, was held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from Friday the 28th October to Sunday 30th October.
Celebrity chef and radio personality, Jenny Morris also known as the Giggling Gourmet explained, during the press launch, why shows like the Good food and wine show are important to young and upcoming chefs.
“The Good Food and Wine show for me, has been a platform for chefs who are starting out in their career. It’s a show that showcases the talent of local chefs and it’s amazing where it takes you. I’ve been here for 17 years and it gets you exposure guys, it’s where you get noticed,” said Morris.
The aim of the show this year was not a matter of selling products to the public, but was mainly about educating the public about food, local chefs, global trends in culinary and for entertainment.
Winner of Master Chef SA 2013, Kamini Parther, who also attended the show described it as inspiring.
“It’s an amazing thing because everyone who comes here is so inspired by what they see and they are so excited to be here. It wasn’t very long ago that I was a consumer coming here chasing chefs and getting selfies. So now being on the other side of things is very inspiring,” expressed Parther.
Sherwyn Weaich, Celebrity Chef and Owner of the Gourmet Bushie described how influential the Good Food and wine show has been to his career.
“The Good Food and Wine Show has been Instrumental in helping shape and define who I am. I started this show 9years ago, I was a normal high school kid going to a government School so I’m a proud product of Durban. I’ve been fortunate enough to be allowed to travel and learn new things,” said Weaich.
“I started out at the Good Food and wine show doing Whiskey tasting and from there I knew I loved this industry, I even went to law school and started doing my law degree but I ended up back here and I enjoy it,” he added.
For the first time ever the show also hosted the KZN Regional Barista Coffee championships as well as new installations such as the wine smelling wall and a sensorium which had sights and smells of Durban for entertainment.