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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 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.

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


5 more sleeps till Taste of Durban 2013


For all foodies like myself the TASTE OF DURBAN is a major event on our calendars as we so rarely get these events.

So like a kid before Christmas I am counting down how many sleeps till Saturday.For a social media junkie like me this event is great as I get to met a number of the brands and bloggers I tweet to on a regular basis.

If you havent booked your tickets or heard about this Foodie heaven read on for more ……

The Pick n Pay Taste of Durban in association with ORBIT sugar free chewing gum proudly bring you Taste of DURBAN 2013 from FRIDAY the 26th to 28 JULY 2013 at Suncoast Casino.Here CHEFS from the TOP 9 RESTAURANTS in Durban will create their signature dishes and a special starter sized menu for the festive…



TOD 2013 brings a host of other ‘must-do’ experiences.
These include:

– The Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre – top local chefs will showcase their culinary skills in fun and informative cooking demonstrations, culinary challenges and entertaining Q & A sessions.
– The Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience – an interactive area where guests can learn to create simple, stylish canapés and how to pair each of them with a range of wines to complement and balance the flavours.
* LINDT Studio – Switzerland’s finest chocolate house will have their Master Chocolatiers on hand creating delicious LINDOR truffles and fresh pralines.
* Simply Asia and Singha Beer Experience – A unique Thai dining experience with food prepared by authentic Thai chefs from the Land of Smiles.

* Asara Bistro Box – Asara will release some of their Vineyard Collection and speciality range wines in Durban, which will be paired with a selection of gourmet burgers and chocolates.
*The Consol Mixology Theatre – an interactive studio where visitors learn how to master the art of stunning seasonal cocktails.
*Castle Milk Stout Experience – SA’s premium stout makes its first appearance at this year’s Taste of Durban.
*Sevruga Sushi & Sparkling Lounge – Sevruga at Gateway, will be offering various sushi and wine pairings for visitors to enjoy.

There is defo something for everyones palate and now I hope you realise why this bunny is so super excited !

What, Where, When, How…

Festival times:
– Friday 26 July: 18h30 – 22h30
– Saturday 27 July: 13h00 – 17h00; 18h30- 22h30
– Sunday 28 July: 12h00 – 17h00

Tickets are limited and booking is recommended – for further information and bookings visit ITickets on http://www.itickets.co.za or Pick n Pay tickets on http://www.pnptickets.co.za
– Standard tickets cost R80 (includes entry & a tasting glass)
– Premium Tickets cost R180 (includes entry, R100 worth of Festival Crowns and a tasting glass)

Taste of Durban Festival Crowns
Crowns are the Festivals’ official “currency”, which can be purchased at the festival from the Taste Bank or Crown Sellers walking around the festival grounds. Visitors use these Crowns to purchase sample dishes.

Taste of Durban 2012

Taste of Durban 2012

I am connected


Last Friday was another day that Technology amazed me. AS part of a departmental team building we attended the GOod Food and Wine show. As a keen foodie I was very excited to see some of my favourite chefs in action. Part of my digital addiction includes the use of Twitter on a regular basis. Often i Tweet with the lovely chef Jenny Morris so meeting her or even watching her cook up a storm would have been a treat. I found myself introducing myself to Jenny as my Twitter handle of @verushka143 which she immediately knew and hugged me. It was so amazing to meet a celebrity of Twitter. Jenny reminded us to catch her show where she proudly told everyone how she and I Tweet and reffered to me as a Twit which now my friends affectionally call me. Jenny Morris signed her latest book for me which made me feel very special indeed. Later on my lovely Twitter friend arranged an amazing surprise for me which was a gorgeous signed recipe book from another great chef.Indeed my friends were all green eyed monsters but impresssed with my Twitter contacts. So yes my I love all the contacts I have made via various social networks.YES I AM ADDICTTED AND YES I AM CONNECTED!