Star Treatment

Give the foodie in you the red carpet treatment by booking for one of our Chefs Open Theatre VIP Experiences!

The ever-popular Chefs Open Theatre is a regular and much-anticipated feature of the annual Good Food & Wine Show (GF&WS). It’s here that numerous local and international chefs work their culinary magic in front of a live audience, mixing charm, humour, and even music, into the proceedings. The live theatres are always packed to capacity with eager foodies keen to experience their favourite celebrity chef in the flesh.

If you have  standard entry ticket for the show you can attend the Open Theatre at no extra cost. The general seating is unreserved and on a first-come-first-served basis.

However, we’ve upped the ante and introduced a new Chefs Open Theatre VIP Experience, which is far more special than what the standard ticket offers. Those who book the VIP Experience are given a front row seat to the respective chef’s cooking demonstrations, so you needn’t worry about securing a place. The front row is specially cordoned off for you. You’ll be able to savour the aroma of the food as it is cooked right before your eyes!

Afterwards, you’ll be treated to an intimate gathering with the chef, which includes a tasting and complimentary drink. Plus, some of the chefs will be giving out signed copies of their cookbooks as part of their VIP Experiences.

You can choose from any one - or all seven - of the chefs involved in the Johannesburg VIP Experiences. Each of them will be giving independent solo demonstrations as part of both the Chefs Open Theatre and the VIP Experience (they don’t all appear in one show, each has his/her own performance). These “Magnificent Seven” are: Marco Pierre White, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, J’Something, Jenny Morris, Sarah Graham, Lentswe Bhengu, and Neill Anthony.

Marco Pierre White, the British cooking legend who has been dubbed ‘the godfather of modern cooking’ and ‘the first celebrity chef’, will be handing out 25th anniversary copies of his seminal autobiographical cookbook White Heat as part of his VIP Experience. He wowed in Cape Town at his Chefs Open Theatre demonstrations, cooking up fabulous seafood risotto and other dishes.

Also making a return after the Mother City event are SA’s first ever Michelin star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, and Mi Casa frontman, TV personality and restauranteur J’Something. Both charmed their audiences at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), and they’ll be back to do the same at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome.

Jan Hendrik is actually based in Nice, France, the location of his very own eatery, JAN Restaurant. J’Something was born in Portugal, and recently opened his own restaurant, Something’s Cooking by J’Something, in Pretoria. So if you’re keen on tasting either Portuguese- or French-inspired food of the highest quality, then be sure to make a booking for their VIP Experiences as soon as possible!

Four more local celebrity chefs, whom you’ll all recognise from TV, will be giving their own VIP Experiences as well. There’s the ‘Giggling Gourmet’ Jenny Morris, radio show host; author of Rude Food, Nude Food, Good Food; and a regular contributor to The Next 48 Hours. She’ll be showcasing her vibrancy and culinary prowess in Johannesburg.

Sarah Graham of Sarah Graham’s Food Safari can also be spotted. She’s recognised for her focus on health, her blog ‘A Foodie Lives Here’, and her four cookbooks. Her most recent book, entitled Wholesome, was published in April this year.

Also featuring is Lentswe Bhengu, the KZN-born Culinary Academy graduate and star of South Africa’s first food web series, Africa on a Plate, which is airing on US television. Last, but not least, is Neill Anthony, the highly sought-after private chef to numerous celebrity clients, who has just completed a new cookbook.

Tickets are still available for the VIP experiences, but space is limited. So, what are you waiting for? Book now, and get ready to meet one (or more) of your culinary idols!