The Good Food and Wine Show starts this time next week! This is the third time that the GFWS will be in Durbs and it is going just as fabulous as we’ve come to expect. The added fab this year is that I will be there as the MC of the Master of the Tongs Theatre. “The what?” I hear you say. The Master of the Tongs theatre is where the South African outdoor braai culture is showcased. The focus is on turning those ordinary boerie and salad Saturday meals into a gourmet delight with a little help from celebs, chefs and celebrity chefs.

Other than discovering new ways to braai at the Master of the Tongs, you can visit the Chefs in Action theatre, attend a hands-on workshop at Get Fresh with BBC lifestyle and sample the best of Durban’s restaurants at Durban Bites. CBeebies is hosting kids’ cooking workshops so you can leave the kids to have fun while you browse through cookbooks, wine, whisky, beer; watch the different rounds of the Spekko Cook of the Year and the Classic Cocktail and Flair Championships or visit one of your favourite Durban foodie spots that will be set up at the show (I won’t miss the Shongweni Farmers’ Market.) There is also an “Edible Garden” which tickles my fancy, too.

There will be loads of demonstrations about all aspects of food and wine in the various theatres and there is something for every sort of cook from the real beginner to the cordon bleu.

Eric Lanlard

Speaking of the cordon bleu, there will be several excellent chefs who have made a name for themselves in South Africa or abroad. (Click on the pics to go to their websites).

Justin Bonello

Expect to see international names such as Eric Lanlard, Reza Mohammed, Tobie Puttock, Katy Ashworth and Atul Kochhar (who is featured on Top Billing tonight.)  

Atul Kochhar

Jane Griffiths

So, have you got your tickets yet? For more information go to Tickets are R60 pre-booked or R70 at the door. Cooking demonstrations with the celebrity chefs vary in price. Click here for more information.