Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:07

The Juliet Cullinan Wine Festival

Oenophiles have attended South Africa’s most prestigious vinicultural event, the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival for the past 27 years. In previous years the festival was at the Wanderers Club but has now moved to Summer Place.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:01

The taste of simplicity

The rumours are true. Molecular Gastronomy is out and simplicity is in. Well, it might not be all the way out the door just yet, but the hype is dying down and things are changing. The biggest knell to Molecular Gastronomy has come from the pioneer himself, Heston Blumenthal. In March 2017, in a feature interview with The Guardian’s Observer,…
Monday, 10 April 2017 11:19

British chef Matt Tebbutt tastes South Africa

Filming has completed on a new 10-part television food series - A Taste of South Africa  - with well-known British chef Matt Tebbutt as the show's presenter.  Produced by South African production company Oxyg3n Media (Married at First Sight SA, Brent Owens Extreme, Authentic, Unwrapped), A Taste of South Africa has already been snapped up by Discovery (for Africa and…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:51

South Africa's "Mistress of Spices"

Think of great Indian cuisine and movies like The Hundred Foot Journey, The Lunch Box and Mistress of Spices come to mind ... what a pleasure to think that flavours like that are accessible right here in Johannesburg. Glamorous "curry ninja" Yudhika Sujanani has been making waves over the years with her Fourways eatery Salaam Bombay, The Curry Club which…
Friday, 27 January 2017 12:56

Raise a glass to Brandy Alexander Day

January 31 was officially Brandy Alexander Day, the only cocktail to have a day officially named in its honour. Those with a bibulous bend raised their Brandy Alexanders in a toast and fortunately South Africa had some superb brandies to celebrate with.
Monday, 07 November 2016 15:38

Celebrating premium champagnes

The names trip lovingly off the tongue like effervescent bubbles ... Drappier, Besserat, Armand de Brignac, Nicolas Feuillatte, Larmandier Bernier ... only some of the 25 premium champagne houses presented at this year's 15th Absa Champagne Festival.
Monday, 24 October 2016 11:52

Pure gin-ius

A neutral, flavourless spirit, gin was traditionally infused with juniper berries, which were added by the Dutch in the 17th century to make it more palatable (hence "Dutch courage"), as well as other botanicals, which release their aromatics during the distillation process. This helps create each gin's signature scents and flavour variations. As South Africa is rich in interesting flora, from…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 20:21

Marble comes to life

It’s been worth the wait and finally Johannesburg's first live fire restaurant is open ... on the opening night in the new Rosebank Art Mile (Roam) on the corner of Jellicoe and Keyes Avenue Marble was pullulating with trendy foodies, all drinking cocktails at R150 a head.
Friday, 16 September 2016 18:13

Foodie 'quake shook Jozi

Last month Johannesburg was the epicentre of a culinary earthquake as the Chefs Who Share event moved to the City of Gold for an entire week.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:32

South African ingredients make the Ark of Taste

Carlo Petrini, the founder and guiding light of the global Slow Food Movement who protested against the first McDonald's in Italy, was hosted by the Slow Food Johannesburg and Cape Town Convivia in August 2016. Recently Petrini was made Special Ambassador Zero Hunger for Europe by The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a UN agency that leads…
Friday, 05 August 2016 13:19

dw eleven-13: Artful and audacious

Chef Martinus Ferreira's restaurant dw eleven-13 has been listed on the World's 50th Best Restaurants list, which says that his food has the hallmark of a Blumenthal or a Ramsay.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 12:55

The Bistro Kid: Michel Morand

Originally from Burgundy, chef Michel Morand has lived in South Africa since the late 1980s and in that time has transformed the Johannesburg food scene, effortlessly moving from one food genre to another.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:29

Funky high tea at The Four Seasons

As the summer days grow longer and hotter and the holiday season beckons enticingly, thoughts of catching up with friends over a long and leisurely afternoon tea become irresistible. Where better to go than the Westcliff Four Seasons in Johannesburg, which recently introduced this institution to its repertoire?
Friday, 27 November 2015 20:11

The Eat Out Awards 2015

It was the Sunday lunch of the year as South Africa’s top culinary talent were announced at the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:22

Masterchef Australia's Renae Smith

With a Dutch ouma in the background Masterchef Australia Renae Smith is a self-confessed fan of all things South African - and jokes that if she didn't have a lovely boyfriend at home, she might just run off with a hunky South African man! She even loves our much maligned Seffrican accent, with "all the rolling" and wants to learn…
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:19

Oysters and bubbly at the Hyatt Regency

You know that feeling when you lose touch with an old friend and reconnect after years of absence? That's what happened when I returned to the Hyatt Regency, Johannesburg, recently.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:55

The creme de la creme

"Did you meet Brent?" and "Was Adriano Zumbo there" are some of the comments made to me after this year's Good Food & Wine Show, Johannesburg. Obviously some of our own food-loving aunties are huge fans of MasterChef Australia!
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