Monthly Archives: August 2013

Its RAIN AFRICA TIME IN DURBAN

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In the last month there seems be lots happening in DURBAN.And it seems September is no exception 🙂

‘In Africa, rain represents life. The arrival of the first rains after the long dry season is celebrated with much thanksgiving. When the rains come the rivers fill, the grass grows, the herds fatten and prosperity blooms. So profound is Africa’s gratitude for rain, that the Sotho people welcome visitors with the expression “Khotso, Pula, Nala” (Peace, Rain, Abundance) as part of their traditional greeting.’

And thus , Durban will no longer be dry.This well known brand is internationally accredited Fair Trade and Beauty without Cruelty. Rain has built their reputation by producing quality products which are handmade and using only the highest quality natural ingredients. The new store is to launch in Gateway Theatre of Shopping Centre in Umhlanga and will open its doors at the beginning of September this year.

Now for all beauty bloggers this is amazing news as we in Durban are often left out in terms of these amazing products.

WHO ? WHAT ? IS RAIN AFRICA?

Rains roots lie in the unique manufacturing process of their quality products, as this was the vehicle through which Rain could create employment opportunities for the underprivileged. Initially Rain was purely a manufacturing wholesaling company, only much later expanding their vision by opening the first Rain branded store in 2005. This original concept soon took off and resulted in further stores having been opened since, including two international stores in the cities of Amsterdam and New York.

I love products/companies who work to enrich the lives of people by giving back to the community.More and more people are turning to products made of natural ingredients and sourcing locally made products.

PRODUCTS ?

As far as product offering, at their core they are a range of products rich in an ancient African pharmacopeia of indigenous oils that incorporate tribal Africa. Rain offer a wide variety of body care, bathroom accessories and gift sets, these are hand carved and crafted making each one an original. Rain also proudly seeks to showcase Africa and its treasures to the world.
Rain body care ranges are natural skin food, formulated using organically certified botanical actives, wild-harvested plant oils and extracts .The ingredients used in the making of Rain products are specially selected for their potent antioxidant qualities and skin-nourishing values.
The core ingredients include hydrating super-oils like Mongongo Nut Oil, Marula Oil, Kalahari Melon, Mafura Butter and Baobab Oil all combined to create a feast of vitamin rich goodness bursting with active free radical scavengers, omega oils and essential fatty acids.

Just thinking of all these amazing sourced African products , I REALLY CANT WAIT FOR NEXT SUNDAY 🙂
Follow on Twitter : @rain_africa
Website :
http://rainafrica.com/za/

OYSTER BOX HOSTS NEXT GOURMET FOOD & WINE DINNER FOR CHARITY

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The OYSTER BOX is well known for its amazing food and its stunning location.Food 4 Thought KZN has decided to hold it’s next fundraising Gourmet Food & Wine Dinner in The Pearl Room at The Oyster Box on Monday 9 September 2013.

What is Food 4 Thought KZN and how does it work?

The founding restaurant members are: Fordoun, Hartford House; Granny Mouse (Midlands); 9th Avenue Bistro; Ciao Bella; Café 1999; Market(Berea); Kung Thai (Durban North) and The Grill Room at The Oyster Box.
Each participating restaurant provides their customers with the opportunity to support the project by adding a 1% charge to the total bill. The charge is added automatically by the restaurant’s POS system after the total and before the tip. The project gives the customer a discrete ‘opt-out’ of paying the 1%.
In addition, staff of the participating restaurants, are encouraged to gain a full understanding about Umthombo, in order to truly appreciate the value of project and the impact it is making on the lives of young people.

AND THIS LEADS ON TO UMTHOMBO ???

Umthombo fuses high-intensity engagement programmes such as surfing, football, art and drama, with psychosocial support, to help children overcome the traumas associated with having lived on the street. It has a centre in Point, Durban called Safespace.
“Umthombo has developed successful strategies around the urban phenomenon of street-children,” says Tom Hewitt MBE, founder of Umthombo. “The proceeds raised from ‘Food 4 Thought’, will enable us to to build on this success and provide hope for more children.

THE EVENT :

The five-course paired menu at R650 per person, including wine, has been exclusively created by The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph. For starters, a Chilled Oyster and Passion Fruit Jelly with Lavender shards of sugar, will be accompanied by a Kleine Zalze Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc; a delicious second course of Foie Gras Parfait with Basil Gelatin, Quail-scented Jelly and Langoustine Cream, is matched with a Sumaridge Pinot Noir.

Paired with a Rupert and Rothschild Classique, the main course of Loin of Venison, Oxtail and Herb Crust, Candied Beetroot and Cauliflower Puree, is the prelude to the exquisite Croquembouche and Brule Tower, Cognac Ice Cream and Candy Floss dessert. Live music will be provided by talented Durban musician, Wallace Nock.

Food 4 Thought KZN is a community of top restaurants and ‘good food’ lovers. Through the contributions of diners, who have the option to add 1% to their bills when dining in participating restaurants, the work of Umthombo can be carried out. Thanks to the generous contributions of the KZN dining public, without whom the initiative would not exist, Umthombo receives vital and sustainable monthly support towards its work.
To book for the Food & Wine Gourmet Dinner call The Oyster Box on (031 514 5000 or e-mail restaurants@oysterbox.co.za.
For more information about Food 4 Thought KZN and to join the community visit our website on http://www.food4thoughtkzn.co.za.

Its all happening at the Maslow Hotel

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POP UP stores are all the new rage in South Africa at the moment.Its simply a store that is not a permanent store but trades only for 3-6 months maximum. These stores carry limited edition products.So word on the street is that MASLOW HOTEL is the place to be ………

SKIP & DESTINY MAG FASHION EXCHANGE LAUNCH NEW POP UP STORES THIS MONTH

The SKIP and DESTINY Fashion Exchange, now in its third run is launching a few new pop-up stores at their next installment later this month at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton.

The fashion exchange that gives shoppers the opportunity to network while swopping their fashion items, is stepping it up this month with the inclusion of 6 designer pop-up stores in total including 2 celebrity brands. Guests will have a chance to purchase new fashionable items at the various pop-up stores prior to making their fashion exchanges.

Recently featured on CNN, designer Maria McCloy will join the list of featured stores as well as the sassy Eda Rose with her shoe brand ER Collection. The featured pop-up stores include awesome brands Kiyomi, Morphe, Hunadi and Scrabbyl.
‘We are always trying to keep the experience premium yet fresh and exciting for the Destiny shopper. It’s about giving them that unique shopping experience while still keeping them entertained’ says Destiny Magazine’s Tarryn Schoeman.
In addition to all the exciting shopping going on, this month the Fashion Exchange will feature fashion guru, keynote speaker Dion Chang. Entertainment will be provided by the multi-talented super sexy Lindiwe Suttle. The Skip Fashion Exchange takes place on the 23rd of August at the Maslow in Sandton. Tickets cost R180. Guests will need to bring three or more high-fashion items to swap. To book, call Shaakirah Van Rensburg on 011 300 6700, email shaakirah.vanrensburg@ndalomedia.com.

Now this defo looks like its going to be a blast and the chance to get your hands on some amazing additions to your wardrobe.

So who are these DESIGNERS , you ask ???
HUNADI is a signature clothing brand for the tasteful and discerning individual. Attention to detail and immaculate finishes are no less than a given flair adding a sense of distinguished elegance.All Hunadi garments are proudly produced in South Africa by a team of highly skilled and passionate tailors. Our flagship store is situated on 25 Newport Road in Parkwood, a serene but central location in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg South Africa. The Spring/Summer collection is called Cloth Girl and is inspired by a setting in Ghana – West Africa, where we also sourced fabric for this collection. A key element of the Hunadi brand is the celebration of the African woman. Hunadi celebrates her strength, resilience and elegance. The lines in this collection are very feminine and timeless. Easy to wear and yet very distinctive. We accentuate the woman’s waist line throughout the collection –an element true to Hunadi in celebrating the woman as she is and not how the world expects her to be. The collection will be launched at the New York Fashion week this September. Hereafter we will have a private viewing and launch with the hunadi customers and the media.

KIYOMI COUTURE takes pleasure in providing you with one-of-a-kind, quality pieces to complete your classic fashion repertoire. Responding to the upwardly mobile, discerning woman’s need for unique fashion items, Kiyomi Couture hand-picks pieces from New York, Hong Kong and Dubai. We have some of this season’s freshest New York looks in store! Flattering jumpsuits for your classy nights on the town, unique day and night dresses and colourful work-to-drinks tops for that perfect transitional outfit. Kiyomi Couture – distinctively you

MORPHE means “to transform outwardly.” Morphé has a strong style signature feel and offers pieces that the wearer can easily incorporate with her existing wardrobe. Layering and interaction between the wearer and the garment is encouraged by pieces often being able to be worn in more than one way. This outward transformation allows the wearer to embrace their own individual tastes and personalities in a distinct ready-to-wear label. My clothing is a lot like dress-up for grown-ups, since it tends to have an edge of playfulness to it. I think that my clothing would attract wearers that feel excited about wearing both colour and texture, clothing that celebrates being alive. My new SS13/14 range showed at MBFWCT13 was very focused on offering the customer more pieces that are updates from previous key pieces such as the kimono dress that forms the DNA of what Morphe stands for : modern and comfortable ready to wear clothing.

This is defo an event all Fashionistas should not miss out.
ciao
xxx

Meeting Inspiration…….

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A few months ago , I was approached by Sue Levy from http://suelevy.co.za asking me if I would like to contribute to her amazing blog.

NOW for those of you who do not know who Sue Levy is ……Sue is an amazing inspirational and motivational speaker , blogger and writer who empowers women to harness their power and change their lives.Therefore been asked to contribute was a huge thing for me. If you havent go on go and check out my contributions http://suelevy.co.za .

Thus started my friendship with Sue.Sue and her lovely family moved from Cape Town to Pretoria fairly recently and I introduced my lovely cousin Karmani to Sue.

This weekend I was so blessed to meet Sue and her family. When I saw Sue it was instantly hugs and kissed and it was if I had met an old friend who I had not seen for ages. I felt so in awe of Sue , her achievements and how amazing she is as a person. Though Sue’s visit was very short , it has strengthened our bound and Sue is now part of my family.I got to spend time with Sue talking about my dreams, my blogging, my life and The Magnifying Glass.I truly feel so blessed an inspired to have met a soul like Sue on my life journey. Its so amazing the people God sends into your life when others walk out.

Thank you Sue, for coming into my life ! I totally love and adore you and feel this is just the start of our friendship.Its so amazing how we clicked from the first email and how everything just fell into place after that….To new memories, lots of laughs, lots of adventures and lots of tea and cupcakes along the way….

ciao
xxx

TASTE OF DURBAN 2013……. TASTED SO GOOD

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“The 2013 Pick n Pay Taste of Durban in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum was a resounding success, with the number of visitors increasing by 25%, to in excess of 12 000 people over the three day period,” says Taste Festival Director, Justine Drake. “The support of the City of Durban, our various sponsors and the enthusiastic welcome of the public has taken the event to new heights – Thank you Durban!”

The amazing Durban weather definitely was a crowd pleaser. It was a great day out for all with something for all tastes from Sweet to Savoury.One would have never guessed it was winter that weekend except for the Sunday when we experienced Cape Town weather.I spent Saturday afternoon at TOD with my cousins and friends sampling the delicious morsels. The perfect Durban weather meant it was perfect for the yummy Original Iced cocktails on offer in their funky coloured glasses.My highlight was meeting the amazing Jackie Cameron from Hartford House and sampling her Rissotto !

“The calibre of food in Durban is of an enormously high standard. Locals clearly recognise this and turned out to show their support. The chefs and their incredibly busy teams did a great job and deserve to be celebrated.”

The ‘Orbit Best Dish’ award, went to Amaravathi Palki Indian Restaurant (Palki), for their Prawn & Chicken 65 with Palki Chilli Garlic Sauce. This was based on visitor votes collected over the weekend.

“Our media partners, Independent Newspapers and East Coast Radio, really pulled out all the stops for the event – it was a true collaboration and it showed in the increased awareness and feet through the door,” Drake continues.

Each of the nine ‘pop-up’ restaurants that took part was overwhelmed by the number of people who patiently waited to experience the myriad bite-sized dishes that were on offer.

– Kicking off with first-timers Elements Café at The Beverly Hills, who sold over 700 Fishcakes with herb sauce and were overwhelmed by the amount of visitors over the weekend.

– Café 1999’s biggest seller was the Deep-fried Olives (they went through 45 kg of olives and 20 litres of home made mayo), followed by the Triple Chocolate Brownies. Chef Patron, Marcelle Roberts says, “I loved the vibe; it’s great to have an event where all the restaurants in Durban can get together and show the public what we’re made of.”

– Freedom Café sold 1000 portions of Prawn Cakes over the weekend. “It was a fantastic show for my first time out,” enthuses Chef Patron, Lucy Markewicz. “The vibe was phenomenal and I’ll definitely be back next year.”

– Another newcomer to this year’s show, Palki, used 190 kg chicken fillets and 80 kg of prawns in total, for their biggest seller, the award-winning Chicken and Prawn 65 dish and the Butter Chicken Curry. Restaurant owner, Colleen Govender says, “it was an incredible experience. We were so overwhelmed by the numbers that we had to bring in additional help over the weekend.”

– Durbanites clearly enjoy a good piece of meat, with BAR-BA-COA and Butcher Boys going through a total of 1 080 Ribs, 880 Argentinian Burgers and 760 Avo Dijon Fillet Rolls, over the three days.

– Back for a second year, Havana Grill at Suncoast and Little Havana’s Calamari Fritti with Wasabi Aioli, proved a winner with diners –

1 200 portions of the Calamari Fritti (approximately 120kg) were consumed. A total of 2 720 dishes were sold during the festival, including the popular Pulled Beef Sandwich. Executive Chef, Louise Potgieter, noted the ‘overall enthusiasm and energy of the crowd’, as highlights of the festival. “The vibe was amazing!”

In addition to the chefs participating in the show, guest chefs, Xanthos Giannakopoulos from the Durban Country Club, Brendan Newport and Guy Wood from Craft Trattoria, Author Erica Platter and caterer extraordinaire, Jacqui Rey, took part in a packed programme of demos, cook-off’s and master classes in The Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre. The ever popular Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience proved such a hit that sessions were booked out within minutes of the gates opening.

Taste of Durban is gaining momentum and will be back in 2014 at Suncoast. If you did not manage to get to Taste of Durban this year , do yourself a favour and go next year.

POUT Ambassador 2013

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On the 9th of August 2013 , it was announced that I was chosen as a POUT AMBASSADOR for the KZN region. It was finally so good to be able to tell everyone.

So am sure most of you reading this are asking POUT? WHATS THAT?
Here is the story behind POUT…..

POUT stands for Powerful, Outstanding, Unique and Talented. We believe that every young woman should have the confidence to say that they are Powerful beyond measure, Outstanding for every effort they make, Unique for there is no one like them and Talented because they are blessed with the ability to contribute to society!

Pretty cool right ! So what is POUT actually about ?

POUT is a self-empowerment movement for young women. It is a platform for inspiring stories, opportunities and information that will equip the youth in going after their dreams and being the best they can be.

When I was approached by Zaza Motha,I was literally gobsmacked to be offered this role to empower young women in South Africa.Zaza is the founder of the POUT MOVEMENT, “POUT is a result of my life’s journey and I believe that a lot of young women will find relevance in the message that it carries. POUT was formally founded in 2012.”

POUT BENEFITS YOUNG WOMEN WHO NEED:
1. To build or grow their confidence.
2.To feel good.
3.Career growth opportunities.
4.To prepare themselves for mentorship relationships.
5.To fulfill their vision or ambitions.
6.To contribute to society.

WHY POUT FOR YOUNG WOMEN?

Great strides have been made by government and organisations in increasing women’s participation in the economy. With this said, women still have a long way to go in realising their full potential. Investing in young women to realise their potential everyday will assist them in spotting opportunities that will build them, particularly their self esteem, in order to realise their potential and groom it.
POUT also aims to highlight the work that is done within the country and the continent to harness women’s participation in building the nation. This will also relay the message of opportunities that are available to young women.
“Only 3.6% of CEOs of the 300 companies (surveyed in the 2012 Women in Leadership Census) listed on the Johannesburg Stock
exchange are women. If you consider that those companies control between 80% and 90% of the South African economy, while women make up 52% of the population, it is clear that women have a very small voice on how the country’s economy is run” – President of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA), Kunyalala Maphisa, (www.destinyconnect.com).
“A true democracy is characterised by the full and equal participation of women and men in the formulation and implementation of decisions in all spheres of public life. No country can call itself democratic if half the population is excluded from the decision-making process”. – As quoted by Satang Nabaneh, a child rights activist and women’s rights advocate from The Gambia, in her paper titled “The Power of Women’s Political Participation in ECOWAS – 2012”.
“Women constitute more than 50% of all unemployed people in this country and they also constitute a majority of all casual or contract workers. Those in the rural areas suffer from triple oppression because they are victims of gender, racial and economic oppression.” – Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla (Mail & Guardian article, Business Section, 8 August 2011 by Natasha Marrian).
A lot of facts and figures can be churned out about the condition of the South African or African woman. POUT aims to tackle such issues in a creative way and make them accessible to every young woman across the country.
It also aims to promote and instil a sense of confidence in young women so that they can go after their goals. Whether they choose to do that in the social, economic or political sector, the POUT sister will know that everything is possible.

POUT WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS
The POUT website serves as an information portal for young women. This is where they will get inspiration from stories shared by people who are successful. POUT is also a place where peers can influence each other in a positive way and celebrate each other’s growth. Opportunities for personal and career growth will be on the website for young women to utilise to follow their dreams and be the best they can BE.

Very honoured to be chosen as a POUT AMBASSADOR 🙂
2013 is turning out to be a rather impressive year in the life of me, I can only imagine what 2014 wil bring 🙂

Ciao
xxx

ps will kep you guys updated on my POUT journey

http://www.poutmovement.co.za
http://www.facebook.com/Poutmovement
http://www.twitter.com/Poutmovement

SPRING JAM is taking over in JHB

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The weather is warming up and there is the promise of Spring in the air. I love Spring it signifies new growth , new life especially after the slumber of winter. So what better way to welcome Spring with Spring JAM.
It’s official… Spring here and Jozi based entertainment company Trademark Entertainment is at it again. Known for their various show stopping intimate events, Trademark today announced their partnership with Café Del Khuze to host the first annual Spring Jam TakeOver this September. The concert will feature four international DJ’s alongside of seven of SA’s finest.Four international headlining DJ’s Green Lantern, ProStyle, ESudo and WooKid come together for the first Spring Jam Takeover taking place on Saturday 7th September at Innesfree Park in Sandton. SA’s own Fistaz and Black Coffee will add the house flavour while hiphop DJ fraternity Naked DJ, Milkshake, Tbo Touch SPHE and Naves are set to shut the venue down. With an estimated turnout of 10 000 guests, the Takeover is indeed one of the biggest events to take place in the Sandton precinct.ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL DJ’S DJ Green Lantern known for crafting shows for the likes of Jay Z and Eminem. He has featured as both their official DJ and musical tour director.DJ Prostyle DJ and producer best known for his work on BET’s 106 & Park is also a radio personality on Power 105.1 in NYC and Power 95.3 in Orlando in Florida.DJ Whoo Kid is an American headline hip hop DJ. Currently signed to G-Unit Records and its subsidiary label, Shady Ville EntertainmentThe Golden Child DJ E.Sudd who was recently in SA touring as 2chainz DJ, is a Club and mixtape DJ. He was the winner of SMES Rookie DJ of The Year award in 2009.Gates open at 2pm and the show ends at midnight. Takeover tickets cost R200 and are available at Computicket.

With a line up like this you defo know its going to be a huge SPRING JAM TAKEOVER 🙂 So if you find yourself in JHB make a note of this in your diary and get down jam the nigh away….

Inecto PLUS announces their new brand ambassador…..

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On Tuesday ,I along with several other Durban based bloggers were invited to the launch of the Inecto Plus range as well as the announcement of the stunning new brand ambassador.The event was held at Suncoast Hotel on a gorgeous deck showing off the beautiful Durban scenery.

The gorgeous Gail Mabalane is no stranger to being the celebrity representative of a beauty product. Recently announced as the first South African “Face-Of”, international Skin Care Brand “OLAY Even & Smooth”, Gail has come a long way from her days of auditioning for Idols. She is now an acclaimed actress, singer, Beauty Queen, wife & successful businesswoman.

Pictures do no justice to how stunning Gail really is both inside and out. Gail told all present how she was a typical DIY girl and ” I’m proud to be aligned to the Inecto Plus brand because once again I’m putting my name next to a brand with great heritage and awesome memories over many generations within my family” said Mabalane. “I’m excited about this relationship, the synergy is organic and I look forward to taking my natural look to the next level”.

Inecto was launched into South Africa in 1947 from UK family owned company called Rapidol. By 1960 Rapid No 1 and 1.5 cemented themselves as the largest sellers as Ethnic consumers wishing to have deep black shiny hair switched into the brand. Currently INECTO SuperBlack is the number one selling ethnic hair product in South Africa.

The brand has now over 14 million satisfied users in the sub Saharan Africa in the markets. This brand is well known as a tried and trusted quality product. The company grew and it was bought over by successful and world-renowned in 2007, Godrej a multinational based in India.

The new Inecto Plus range has stunning new colours with fab names like RED WINE, CRAZY PLUM to SUNKISSED BLONDE.The new range has seven different colours, and is targeted at the younger more fashionable urban chic female.

We were treated to a yummy light brunch and a goodie bag filled with all the new colours to try out.So what colour shall I be this month……..

TEN MINUTES with me …..

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hey there readers of my lovely blog, off late I have not been blogging so much.The reason is that The Magnifying Glass has been taking up alot of my time… if you havent checked it out go on do it http://themagnifyingglass.co.za

I promise my readers I will be back with more post soon.I decided to do a quick ten question interview with myself for this post….

1) What are you reading ?
A million miles from Normal by Paige Nick.

2)Highlight of my week ?
Ms Cupcake tweeting me 🙂

3)Excited ……
For the GFWS

4)WORRIED…
About my students as the campus has been on strike for almost two weeks.

5) Looking forward….
To the weekend as my amazing cousins @karmaniThatsMe and @mynameiswhelan will be down on Durban and I finally get to meet @sue_levy in person.

6) Love is….
My gorgeous puppy Zara

7) Drinking…….
VANILLA TEA

8) Wearing ……
my snoopy pjs

9) Craving ……
Sushi

10) Dreaming……
Of jumping on a plane and flying to Fiji

Have an amazing day 🙂
ciao
xxx

BRITISH CHEFS AT GFWS 2013

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I just had to share these tidbits of information on the Chefs who will be at GFWS 2013 in DURBAN

JAMES MARTIN

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.

MS CUPCAKE

MS CUPCAKE

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

ANJALI

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

VIVEK

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.

I hope all Durban foodies attend this event and understand why I am so excited yet again especially with this British trio 🙂
Bon Appetite
xxx