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Pretty much a pictorial of all the awesome that happened this weekend at Good Food and Wine Show Durban. As anticipated, it was my favourite event this year and crammed with foodie fun. Even though I love doing this recap post after the show I never feel like it accurately portrays everything that goes on.
I was meeting up with Nicola and Inge so I knew it was going to be great.
I got to see Chef Dampies from Granny Mouse in the Midlands make an orange infused sago pudding. Interestingly he used micro herbs in the dessert, which sounded strange but after taste testing with the girls it definitely worked. A really daring twist on the traditional sago pudding. There is also chocolate mousse in there, which Chef Dampies got Inge to Quenelle, her first time using the technique and she nailed it.
The result of all the different flavours and textures was this beautiful dessert. Inge and I almost carried away with us. Chef Dampies was such a pleasure to watch, fun and so humble.
Next up we went over to watch Andrew Draper from Harveys restaurant cook up a storm in the Miele Master Kitchen. Andrew is always really fun and entertaining to watch. He made a Salmon and chicken dish whose names I can’t recall, sorry.
On Saturday I could only attend in the morning since I had a Wedding on the South Coast to attend. I chose to spend the morning doing a quick round of the stalls and eyeing out what I wanted to purchase to take home, it was also my mums birthday so I wanted to get her some treats.
Paul Vieira created a life size Peugeot RCZ car made entirely of sponge cake and fondant icing. The car was completed on Saturday night I believe, I missed the completed car but got to watch its progress from Friday and then buy a slice on Sunday. All proceeds went to Meals on Wheels. The cake was actually delicious!
I picked up some Wicked Donuts for home, they have a new Snowball flavour which I loved and Mauro Castano also gave it the thumbs up saying it’s his favourite. The donuts were a hit and their case had to be restocked regularly.
New to the scene are Scoop Me S’more ice cream sandwiches, I won’t say much right now since I plan on featuring them separately here. I will say that nothing disappointed! both the cookies and ice cream are amazing and true to their flavours.
Balsamic Beads is a clever concept that I’m certain will transform the way we serve and plate at home. The little black beads look like caviar but are made of balsamic, they also have them in worcestirshire and are oh so yummy. I’ll fill you guys in about them as well.
One of my all time favourite caterers were there, Chilli Chocolate Chefs. The stall looked beautiful and i went home with way too many things from them. Their cheesecakes are sublime and that is high praise considering I am a cheesecake snob of note. I took home a slice of the honeycomb cheesecake and oreo cheesecake. The honeycomb was the favourite.
Mum got a large slice of rainbow cake. The thing about rainbow cake is that it looks fantastic but often doesn’t taste like anything special, Mum was so impressed with the CCC rainbow slice, soft super spongey cake with a frosting that was just perfectly light and not overly sweet. Their Lindt biscotti is a must try and the perfect accompaniment for any coffee connoisseur, my brother nicked mine after trying one and I had to buy more on Sunday. THAT good. They have a new recipe book out called Entertain, if you didn’t pick one up at the show contact them here.
Marc Stocken from Cape Town took home the title of Spekko Cook Idol at this years show. His Asian salad starter and lamb main earned him R30 000.
I checked out Siba’s chef theatre before leaving, she made her Salmon roll salad which i tried and was one of my favourite dishes at the Media Dinner, so I was very happy to watch her prepare it. The inspiration behind this dish was Siba’s pregnancy cravings. She is 8 months pregnant and will be welcoming another little boy soon. Siba is exactly as warm, sweet and friendly as she seems on TV.
On Sunday I came with Amy, we wanted to check out Mauro Castano in the chef theatre and then Hayden Quinn in action. Mauro made a rugby cake as well as showed us how they do buttercream roses “Hoboken style baby!”.
Mauro was super interactive in his theatres and a generally nice guy. Definitely a clear favourite with the crowds this year.
Hayden Quinn is hilarious and completely laid back, you gotta love it. He made a slow roast tomato tart, you’ll find the recipe in his new book as well as in the Good Food and Wine show programme. I got to go up and get a slice, it was so good. I’ll definitely be making this at home.
Once again, I really feel like I can’t fit all the awesome into a post or express how much fun was had, if you love food you can’t miss this event. Thank you to everyone who shared in the experience with me and to Tammy from Wired for making this year’s show that extra bit awesome.