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A CULINARY cultural quarter is one of the new areas at the Good Food & Wine Show, which takes place in Durban today and tomorrow.
This vibrant area includes the Spekko spice table where visitors will be able to enjoy the sharing, preparing and tasting of cultural foods, either traditional or contemporary, and hear stories from well-known community celebrities who have a common passion for food.
The area is headlined by celebrity chef Anjali Pathak, a member of the famous Patak spice family.
Pathak believes that spices and seasoning can transform food: “It is all I know, I grew up in this amazing kitchen full of spices; all of these wonderful things my mom would be experimenting with at home.”
Asked for her favourite food memory, Pathak said: “When I was about four years old my grandmother bought me a baby-sized rolling pin and traditional rolling board to roll Indian breads.
“Each night we would make the dough for the fresh chapattis. Then she would encourage me to roll them out in perfect rounds, saying: ‘If you can make them round, one day you will find a good husband like your grandfather’.
“I am unmarried with no children, maybe because my chapattis still aren’t round!” Jessica Westergreen, an ex-Christina Martin student, restaurant owner, entrepreneur and chef, is also appearing in this new area.
With a huge passion for life, laughter and the culinary arts, she is currently chef facilitator and assessor at Zen Africa Chef Academy of Food and Wine. Sheila Somer’s book Indian Cuisines the South African Way was published in 2008 and incorporates the tradi
tional Indian way of cooking with a South African approach, thus combining the two diverse cultures.
Somers’ intention is to train chefs to become more and more acquainted with Indian gastronomy.
• The Good Food & Wine Show takes place until tomorrow at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
Tickets are R75 (R40 for children) at Computicket. Go to www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za for more details. — Arts Editor.
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