Top chefs make locals beg for more

2011-09-24 19:17

On the first day of the Good Food and Wine Show I bought some red chilli salt – on day two I had to go back for the garlic and lemon ones.

I had to get more of Richard Bosman’s chorizo too. Before long my shopping bag was groaning with La Petite France camembert, duck liver pate (and the promise of where to get whole stuffed ducklings for Christmas), fandangle ice popsicle storage gizmos and, the piece de resistance, another pot for my Le Creuset range.

This annual food expo, which has already visited Cape Town and Durban, is fun for anyone – who eats, who cooks, who doesn’t cook, who thinks they can cook and for chef groupies too.

Actually the big drawcard for most is the celebrity chefs – this year’s biggies, Gordon Ramsay, Masterchef winner Adam Liaw and contestant Alvin Quah, as well as Silvena Rowe, who has recently opened a new restaurant at London’s ridiculously posh Mayfair Hotel.

Liaw was greeted like a rock star. With a head mic on he put together a trio of easy- peasy Japanese-inspired recipes and just about everyone had their notebooks out to make crib notes. Let me know if you want his Teriyaki Chicken recipe.

On Friday, the queues were even longer as foul-mouthed super-chef Gordon Ramsay hit the stage – it sounded as though the Springboks had scored yet another try against Namibia.

The new restaurant section needs some work, but it does the job of offering a seat and a bite to eat bigger than a taster portion; and if you need a drink there’s everything from fancy Cabernets to Amarula shots.

I discovered caramel vodka – what a good idea, but only in small quantities.

The Good Food and Wine Show ends today at the Coca-Cola Dome. You can catch the finals of the Spekko Cook Like a Master competition this afternoon.

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