Winners will be chosen on the 31st July *T&C’s Apply.

It’s the tastiest date on the South African foodie calendar and an event where trends are born. The new look Good Food & Wine Show comes to Durban from August 8 to 11 and is bang on with what’s hot and fabulous in food and cooking fashions.

Celebrity chefs appearing at the Durban show this year are TV personality James Martin who is a regular face on South African television; Vivek Singh of London’s Cinnamon Club who has transformed the face of Indian cooking; Anjali Pathak, an exciting talent in the Indian food and spice arena and part of the famous Patak spice family and vegan baker Mellissa Morgan who is known to her legions of fans around the world as Ms Cupcake.

James Martin is now arguably the premier foodie on British television. However, the Yorkshireman is down-to-earth, particularly when it comes to getting people into the kitchen and cooking: “People sometimes get so wrapped up about the detail of cooking. To me, it should really be the whole package. Cooking should be about great food with good people. I’m delighted to be coming to Durban and can’t wait to meet visitors to the show.”

Vivek Singh’s award-winning food has established The Cinnamon Club as probably the most famous Indian restaurant in the world. Vivek is also one of the most articulate Indian chefs of his generation. He explains his concept of Indian food: “In my experience of cooking Indian cuisine, I have come across numerous examples of authenticity as a reason for not doing things rather than trying something different. I wanted to free Indian food from the strait-jacket of tradition and, in order to do so, it was important to push the perceived boundaries beyond what was considered to be authentic

Says Anjali Pathak: “I have learnt most of what I know about Indian cooking from my family and professional Indian chefs across the world. I have travelled around most of India trying to absorb the nuances of regional cuisines. For me this does not just relate to Indian cuisine, but to cooking in general, and so I decided to study at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. Some may say what does an Indian chef need to learn British and French cooking for?! But I love bridging the gap between traditional Indian and contemporary international cuisine. Spices are some of the most exciting ingredients to work with and when you have mastered the basics, all you need to do is practice and find what you like best. In the end cooking is about having fun in the kitchen and trying not to lose control! I also like to prove that Indian food is healthy and it is not only about rich sauces and curries. I am delighted to be coming to South Africa for the first time; it is something I have always wanted to do.”

Larger-than-life Ms Cupcake is out to show visitors to the show that everybody can eat cake, regardless of allergies: “Everybody deserves great cake. It is my job to create indulgent and decadent cakes for them regardless of what they can, and cannot eat. I want to bring “free from” cake to the masses.  My team and I do this through baking incredible cakes, raising the profile of a vegan diet and educating people on how they can create “free from” cakes for themselves.”

Locally sourced food and children’s nutrition are the leading trends in 2013, according to the US National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s hot 2013 chef survey” and the Good Food & Wine Show is bang up-to-date with these global predictions. It will present two new theatres in Durban this year – the Little Chefs Kitchen and The Real Food Theatre, a fully interactive experience covering sustainability and home grown produce.

The Good Food & Wine Show is more interactive than ever before, the whole family can interact with local and global foodie personalities who are showcasing their culinary skills while exhibitors have the opportunity to communicate directly with their target market.

The Good Food & Wine Show is being partnered with Fiera Milano, the world’s leading Exhibition Company. This is the recipe for all that’s fabulous in the kitchen! Don’t miss it.



James Martin has made a great impact since he began to appear on television in 1996 and has rarely been off screen since. He presents BBC1’s hugely successful Saturday Kitchen; regularly attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million. It is one of the UK’s most popular weekend shows.

He was a regular team member on Ready Steady Cook and gained a whole new army of fans with his prowess on the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing where he reached the semi-finals.

James also runs restaurant The Leeds Kitchen. The aptly named restaurant offers best of British food with a twist, created by James and his restaurant team.

James has authored numerous publications including: Masterclass, Great British Dinners, My Kitchen and Saturday Kitchen Best Bites and continues to make regular appearances around the world attracting vast crowds for his demos. He has written numerous best-selling cookbooks including his latest Slow Cooking.


Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake, is a vegan baker and chef who prides herself on her ability to transform basic ingredients into vegetarian and vegan masterpieces. Originally from Canada and now based in the UK, she describes her baking as classic North American with a British flavour twist. All of her unique recipes contain absolutely no animal products so are entirely vegan.  Mellissa began baking from home when she couldn’t find indulgent bakery goods for vegans in London. She soon realised that it wasn’t just vegans she could cater for, but also those with food allergies or religious dietary requirements. She began to develop gluten free, soya free and even sugar free cakes, and after opening London’s first entirely vegan retail bakery in April 2011, she was named the Baking Industry Awards Rising Star of 2011.

Mellissa first appeared as an amateur on ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish and has since made appearances on Islam TV and Sky News. Her latest TV appearance as a contestant on the ITV show Britain’s Best Bakery won her a whole new set of fans, following praise from the judges for her fantastic tasting vegan cupcakes. Mellissa has completed the first Ms Cupcake baking book, to be published in May 2013 by Random House.


Anjali Pathak is the new face of the family which, thanks to her grandfather, took Indian curries to supermarket shelves around the world. She is the culinary expert and brand ambassador for the Patak’s brand.

Being part of such a well recognised family, Anjali has always been determined to make a name for herself in her own right and is a respected chef and has also been shortlisted for a number of awards including Asian Women of Achievement Awards and First Women Awards for her work with Indian food and flavours. Anjali loves all aspects of food and so has also explored her field further by gaining qualifications in Diet & Nutrition.

The co-author of an award-winning cookbook and a member of the Guild of Food Writers, Anjali is also a popular blogger and an ambassador for the British Asian Trust. She continues to go from strength to strength, regularly appearing on television and appears in leading lifestyle and food magazines around the world.


Vivek Singh spurned family expectations to follow his father’s footsteps and become an engineer and surprised them instead by announcing his intentions of becoming a chef.

After graduating, he joined the Oberoi Hotel Group as a specialist in Indian cuisine. He was fast-tracked to become the Indian chef of the Oberoi’s flagship Rajvilas in Jaipur – at the age of 26. Rajvilas was voted the most luxurious hotel in the world by Tatler in 2001.

Vivek was recruited by The Cinnamon Club in Westminster as executive chef for the launch in 2001. Since first opening its doors, The Cinnamon Club has been redefining expectations of Indian cooking and has crafted a brilliant marriage between Indian flavours and spicing and western culinary styles.

Vivek’s award-winning food has established The Cinnamon Club as probably the most famous Indian restaurant in the world. Vivek is widely believed to be one of the most articulate Indian chefs of his generation.

In November 2008, Vivek opened the Cinnamon Kitchen, a new concept from The Cinnamon Club team.

Vivek is also involved in The Anise Bar, which is at the same location as Cinnamon Kitchen. Cinnamon Soho, Vivek’s newest restaurant opened in March 2012.

Books include The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Club Seafood, CURRY! and

Curry, Classic and Contemporary and his latest Cinnamon Kitchen.


  • The South African Bar Show

Visitors can expect a host of vibrantly themed interactive exhibition stands that showcase the very best in spirits, liqueurs, beer, craft beers and sparkling wine brands. Visitors to the show can learn how to mix perfect cocktails, pair liquor brands with food, make the best party drinks and find out what makes a great after dinner drink. They can also visit the connoisseur’s, jazz and other lounges. The Bar Show will also host the regional and national mixology championships.

  • Creative Coffee Theatre

The Creative Coffee Theatre is an interactive hands-on workshop zone where visitors and trade can learn from professional baristas how to create speciality coffees, create latte art and make the perfect cuppa.

  • Celebrity Chefs Theatre

One of our most popular theatres, the Celebrity Chefs Theatre is where our local and international celebrity chefs will be whipping up their signature recipes and demonstrating delicious recipes which visitors can recreate at home.

  • Little Chefs Kitchen

Sponsored by Woolworths, there will be hands-on workshops for children aged 4-7 and 8-12.

  • Brilliant Baking Theatre

Baking is gaining world-wide popularity and this theatre is devoted to all things sweet, baked and tempting.  This interactive theatre features baking workshops, recipe and technique demonstrations. There will be opportunities for visitors to ask the experts all the dos and don’ts of baking.

  • The Real Food Theatre

Sponsored by Woolworths, this theatre will have hands on cooking workshops with a focus on natural sustainable ingredients.  It is also a must for food bloggers with workshops on food styling for your blog, food photography and how to optimally set up your blog being held by leading bloggers.

  • Dial-A-Mom

Presented by magazine editors and authors who are mums, this zone will have interactive demonstrations together with Q&As with leading nutritionists, teachers and occupational therapists on how diet affects children’s behaviour and how best to feed your kids.

  • DSTV Celebrity Chef Photo Booth and VIP lounge

Have your photograph taken with your favourite celebrity chef!


  • Good Food & Wine Show Durban August 8 to 11- Durban Exhibition Centre



Tickets cost R75 for adults for R40 for children. This includes more free theatres than ever before. Visitors will also receive a coupon book that will allow for massive savings and specials.




*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. Comment below and stand a chance to one of 5 double tickets for the Good Food & Wine Show Durban August 8 to 11- Durban Exhibition Centre.
  2. Competition opens on 22 July 2013 and closes at midday on 1 August 2013, South African Standard Time.
  3. Winners will be randomly drawn on the 1st August 2013 after midday. Durbanite reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. Winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of the draw taking place.
  5. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite’s determination of the winners is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The prizes are non-transferable for cash. If you are the winner, a copy of your South African identity document or passport will be required as proof that you are in fact the winner whose name was drawn.
  7. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
  8. Failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.

These competition rules shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with South African law and any disputes arising out of them shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of South Africa.


  • Natasha

    Excited to see James Martin and Mellissa Morgan – especially since I am a vegan but am constantly limited whenever Im in the mood to bake for myself!

  • Ryan Quevauvilliers

    Looking forward to amazing chocolate heaven made goodies <3

  • Sandhaya V Maharaj

    I am eagerly looking forward to. The Creative Coffee Theatre as good coffee is my passion. I’d also love to meet Anjali Pathak to get her take on IndiAn cuisines,especially the famous Dbn take on curries!

  • Anisha Singh

    I am an absolute foodie & my hobby includes trying different types of cuisine to the delight of my family. I have been an avid supporter of the Good Food and Wine show for many years when it was held in Cape Town. Since moving back to my hometown Durban I have had a change of culinary inspiration. So yes, I want to desperately attend the Durban version of this successful and delicious show so I can see how things are done here. I would love to rub shoulders with Anjali Parthak as I adore her contemporary take on Indian cuisine. Did I also mention my budding little Masterchef daughter who at 9 can make a wicked Lindt chocolate mousse? The kids entertainment area will be most welcome as I step into culinary heaven! Delicious indeed!

  • Bianca Hauser

    I am excited for the Good Food and Wine Show as I have been wanting to go, but always been working on the weekend! I am looking most forward to the Baking Theatre. Cooking and baking is my love and passion, but there is always something to be learnt. Also to have James Martin come down and show us his talent is an honour, and to see some tricks and secrets with indian food is always exciting 🙂

  • Donna Suddes

    Would love to go the the Good Food and Wine show, looks amazing!

  • Pravina

    Good food, gr8 company & interesting ppl makes the best day out. Just learning from the best out there.

  • SV Narainsingh

    Yay! James Martin ! James Martin! I always watched James Martin on BBC Food Channel,& loved watching his sweet treats & spun sugar delights! Got to see him at GooD Food & Wine Dbn 🙂

  • Shirley Royal

    Would most look forward to Vivek Singh from the Cinnamon Club!

  • alyson Luck

    I am looking forward to seeing all the new stalls. new products,
    I have enjoyed the show every other year and hope to enjoy it more this year,
    thank you

  • Harsha

    The most exciting foodie event of the year! Can’t wait for this years must on my calendar! Time to stock up on much loved goodies!

  • Nicola Meyer

    Looking forward to seeing all the beautifully prepared food.

  • stephanie Boting

    I am so excited for the Good food and wine show as I am excited to see all the exhibits especially Dial-a-mom as I have an 18 month old daughter so I would love to learn new and exciting things to feed her. I am also excited to meet all the chefs as their insight and amazing food is always an inspiration to a rookie cook and baker like myself.

  • Dawn Wallenkamp

    One of the best shows Durban has, always lovely to walk around and see absolutely everything

  • I have never been to a FOOD show, as have always been such a boring eater (sticking to bland things) Turning 40 this year and have decided to be more adventurous while I still can…haha. So this would be the perfect opportunity to experience new things.
    And of course MS CUPCAKE (Mellissa Morgan) will be my first stop – Heaven!!!

  • Jennavieve

    I am most excited about seeing James Martin, I have been following him and watching him for years, I think he is amazing. Also for the Real Food Theatre, a lot of my photography is to do with food these seems like the perfect place for me to see what is up and coming with food styling, and the new trends coming in. Last but not least, the wine, I love my wine lol.

  • Jennifer

    I am most looking forward to having cupcakes and wine, my 2 most favourite things. And they’re both in the same place!

  • prelusha

    I am so looking forward to the beautiful spreads , tasty mouthwatering deserts ,divine wines and loads and loads of fun with different flavors of alcohol


    i am definitely lokking forward to watching Mellissa Morgan (“Ms Cupcake”) do her thing in the kitchen, especially as cupcakes and myself VERY much have a love/hate relationship, as i just can’t get enough of them!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a treat it’ll be to watch her bake some deceadent cupcakes and not have to worry toooooo much about the after effects on the hips and thighs!!!! ;)!

  • Roxanne Chutthergoon

    I am most excited about seeing James Martin! I am thee biggest fan! Ah, this would be so awesome 😀

  • Yogan Moodley

    The Good Food and wine show looks exciting , especially the Celebrity Chefs Theatre

  • Shelly

    I just love to see and taste and be inspired!

  • Sasha-Lee Yates

    The question that should be asked is what is there not be excited about ?? The Good Food and Wine Show is without DOUBT the event of the year that’ll leave Durbanites drooling in their slip slops.I must say, however, I cannot contain my excitement at the thought of seeing James Martin,Ms Cupcake,Anjali Pathhak and Vivek Singh live in action! These celebs are a few of the “Prodigys” of food in the world and it would be a true honor and treat to see them in person.

  • Arc Angel

    I would love to attend as my 6 year old has already stated that he wants to be a Masterchef. He is an avid fan of all the food channels on Dstv and he loves to help out in the kitchen. He loves to be where he can be creative and he is even is presentation of food. I believe that by him attending this spectacular Show I would be able to provide him with a better understanding of different tastes and dining experience and answer his zillion and one questions. He would be so totally over to moon to attend The Good Food and Wine Show.

  • Viloshni Naraidu

    Meeting celebrity chefs and picking up some great tips for cooking and baking so I can make my dinners and parties something special.

  • Kerry-Lee Gurr

    I am most excited about the baking section!!! That will definitely be the best part…all the sweet treats and amazing recipes!!!

  • Mike

    Because I need to gain weight!

    Just kidding, I would love to check it out and see what it’s all about.

  • Didier Peinke

    Would like to go there as I’ve never been there before. 🙂 Would be nice to taste many creative on my tongue.

  • Merusca

    The South African Bar Show 😉

  • Pubashan

    DSTV Celebrity Chef Photo Booth and VIP lounge

  • Jane Tenent

    I want to go!!!

  • Koren Gnirck

    I am most excited about the food! 😉

  • Kashmiri

    Oooh, I would love to see what the vegan chef (Ms Cupcake) has on offer – WoW!!!
    (I’m vegetarian, so HUGE thumbs-up to the Good Food & Wine Show for getting a vegan chef to be here!!!)

    And, the Little Chef’s theatre would also be great for my little one 🙂
    He loves getting involved in the kitchen!

  • I am very excited about the Good Food & Wine Show in Durban but not only for Durbanites. Very excited to see all the Chefs in action and can hopefully do a replica of what they show us. Love watching the food channels on dstv and to see them live is so exciting. Seen lots of likes for Ms Cupcake so will be great to have seen her baking in real life. Looking forward to seeing and tasting all the wines too.

  • Mel

    Looking forward to Ms Cupcake proving everybody wrong about vegan food 😉

  • Harsha

    There is something new this year – the curry cook off… I am really excited to see some of “PROUDLY DURBAN” curries getting recognition …. especially if there are twists to the “tried and tested” homely meals!

  • Melisha Durais

    Definitely Ms Cupcake, love discovering new ways to go about baking, regular favourites. Also The Baking theatre as well as Creative Coffee… 😀

  • Nicole Du Plooy

    I am so excited to see Ms cupcake I absolutely love baking- my colleagues in my lab say I’m trying to make them fat by baking cupcakes all the time 🙂 To be completely honest I’m excited about the entire experience- learning how to make a proper durbs bunny chow, tasting the new wines the estates have come up with ( especially those querky, artistic labelled fun wines they come up with). The SA craft drinks also excites me as we just recently learnt to brew beer in our honours class from SAB* It’s just another awesome Durbz experience I would love to enjoy 🙂

  • Stacey

    I’m SO excited to learn some latte art & make some coffee in the hands on workshop!

  • Kiara

    Endulging in beautiful tasty food and amazingly good wine- ABSOLUTE BLISS !

  • wow Food+Wine…what else u want !

  • Carmen Blumrick

    I cant wait to explore my inner foodie at this years Good Food and Wine show.Im super excited to see some of Sa’s top talented chefs in action like Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake and Benny Masekwameng.I cant wait for the Brilliant baking theatre and the Photo booth,SUPER EXCITED to extend my culinary knowledge this year 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • cirsten van den heuvel

    Im excited about the live demonstrations

  • Ashleigh Keevy

    I remember watching James on “Ready, Steady, Cook” after coming home from school and laughing at my Mom who had THE biggest crush on him. It would be amazing to go with her and see her blush 🙂

    Please pick us!

  • To be honest, I am most excited to eat and drink. My boyfriend and I LOVE eating and this is a celebration of exactly that – the love and joy of eating good food and enjoying a good wino.

    At the beginning of the day I am already thinking of what I should make for dinner 🙂

  • Shantal Naidoo

    Ms Cupcake 😀

  • Dawn Clarke

    Mrs cupcake, wine…. Fun times..

  • nishaan

    the wine wine wine

  • Loshinee

    I am lookin forward to the Good food and wine show,this year, I love everything about the show, no particular favourites, if u luv food and wine, then this is the place to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Faye

    I am most excited to enjoy some good food and wine with the man of my dreams.
    It would be amazing to enjoy this opportunity with such a special guy. He works hard 7 days a week and could certainly use entertaining Durban vibes within his busy schedule.
    We LOVE good, tasty food and you will not regret giving us these tickets:)

  • Cathy Badenhorst

    Absolutely LOVE to go to this Show, always a highlight for me 🙂

  • Kim H

    Good Food and Wine Show = Good Vibes!!


    Its the only place where you can get so much of goodies under one roof

  • Carmen Buckle

    I am excited to try all the food …..

  • Ryan Quevauvilliers

    All the amazing food <3

  • Harsha

    The big names are always a draw card BUT it is the smaller foodie stalls that give us yummy goodies like pesto’s, fresh tasting olive oil, duck breasts and sausages that are the real stars for me! Oops.. and not forgetting all the smaller wineries that we don’t get here!!

  • Tee

    The competition is officially closed!!! Thank you to all those who entered!

    Winners will be contacted via email in the next 24 hrs.

  • Sasha Reddy

    I am super Max’d out excited to see the cupcake queen and James Martin, and with all the yummy confectionary and alcohol stands on display I’m sure I’ll be hitting all my sweet spots 😉