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KZN hun­gry? Just your luck, the Good Food & Wine show is here FLAVOUR: KZN DJS DO GOOD FOOD THEATRE

Weekend Witness - - Arts - • arts@wit­ness.co.za

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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