Celebrity chefs show how it’s done

2010-09-24 09:50

Infusions, pots, pans, pastes, gadgets, rubs, jams, cakes and kitchen novelties.

The Good Food and Wine Show got underway yesterday with a sizzle as celebrity chefs from home and abroad set out to show food enthusiasts and amateur cooks like me how it’s done.

I was lucky enough to cook with one of our very own celebrities at the show, Jane Griffiths, who is launching her new book, Jane’s Delicious Kitchen, at the show. As a firm devotee of her previous how-to book, Jane’s Delicious Garden, I was agog to meet her.

Her first book gives a blow-by-blow account of growing your own food, the new one is all about eating it. And so easy – in 45 minutes, those of us cooking (in front of an alarmingly large audience) had prepared three recipes from her book without a mishap between us.

Having cooked my own lunch I was able to set off on an expedition of sampling.Delicious homemade green chilli salsa with cream cheese; a digestive that was like the tastebud equivalent of jumping into a cold pool on a hot day – shocking at first, but with a pleasant aftertaste; a demonstration of a shiny handheld food processor endorsed by Gordon Ramsey; as well as a rare find indeed, cheapish and plentiful vanilla pods.

To wash down your slivers of delicious smoked sausage, homemade jams and chocolate samples is everything from posh whiskey to cocktails you can learn to make yourself during a 10-minute bartending course, to wine from boutique wineries as well as homemade lemonade and, at the braai stand (today being National Braai Day), an ice-cold beer.

Among the gizmos that made my credit card shiver with fear included a mouli for herbs, a nifty flour shaker, as well as more eco-hugging choices such as an earthworm farm and, best of all, a ready made organic vegetable patch delivered to your home – just add water.

Today I will be back at the show to see Sid Sloane and Katy Ashworth of CBeebies fame cooking up healthy food for children, and checking out the chocolate guru Willie Harcourt-Cooze, who launches his enticing Willie’s Chocolate Bible at the show, and then there’s handsome Yorkshire chef James Martin’s chicken pot pies to ogle as well as Giorgio Locatelli’s flair for flavour to learn from.

All of them will be doing repeat performances throughout the weekend – so if you’re a greedy, gadget-loving foodie head for the Coca-Cola Dome in Joburg. For a full programme of the event, visit www.gourmetsa.com.

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