The 2017 Good Food & Wine Show (GF&WS) in Cape Town has sadly come to an end, and the nostalgia has set in. We take a look back at all the highlights of the event, held on 2-4 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
One of the most exciting and energetic appearances was by chef, restaurateur and TV personality J’Something, who also happens to be the band Mi Casa’s frontman. In his Chefs’ Open Theatre demonstrations he combined music and cooking and was joined on stage by Ramon Gouws, the head chef of his new restaurant, Something’s Cooking by J’Something, as well as food stylist and chef Elise Ruddle (whom he calls his ‘food mother’) and Mi Casa bass guitarist Carlo Jooste.
Another showstopper was, of course, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, the first South African chef to be awarded a Michelin star. Coming home to SA from his restaurant JAN in Nice, France, Van der Westhuizen wowed everyone with his charm, his go-getter attitude to life and his all-star cooking.
International chefs also appeared at the Chefs’ Open Theatre. British legend Marco Pierre White cooked in front of an ecstatic audience, and UK-born Indian chef and restaurateur Reza Mahammad collaborated with TV and radio personality Jenny Morris. Pierre White, Mahammad, Morris and Van der Westhuizen also hosted their own intimate Chefs’ Tables.
Beyond the Chefs’ Table and Open Theatre presentations, the CTICC was packed with demos and displays including the largest elephant cake in the world by celebrated SA cake-maker Dorothy Klerck. A collaboration between Klerck, the GF&WS, Slim Lady Wines and The Elephant Project SA, the cake highlighted the dwindling number of African Elephants across the continent. All funds raised as a result of the massive masterpiece will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Cape Town’s 2017 GF&WS was a joy for all visitors, thanks to the participation of many notable figures and brands in the local and international culinary and lifestyle sectors. Based on the success of this three-day-long event, we’re certainly looking forward to the event’s July run in Johannesburg, as well as the October show in Durban.
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