This year’s Durban Good Food & Wine Show is set to bring lovers of all things culinary together for what they enjoy most. From 23-26 August the Durban Exhibition Centre will be the place to be for food-lovers, giving them the opportunity to catch some of the great food exhibitions from chefs around the world. With the slogan "Everything You Need to Rule the Kitchen… In Durban", the show will host hands-on workshops, cooking shows for children, chefs in action, drinks and a variety of festivities. Italian celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio will be on hand to share his cooking skills at the event. He speaks to us.
When you first started cooking at the age of 21, did you ever imagine you'd come to be known as the "Grandfather of Italian Gastronomy"?
Certainly not initially. I learned to cook to satisfy the needs of a hungry student not wanting to eat bad food!
What do you enjoy most about cooking?
I'm very passionate about food and love creating new dishes.
Which chefs have inspired you?
Bartolomeo Scappi and Pellegrino Artusi.
You've written 18 cookbooks. How do you choose the recipes to include?
It can be a long process, I write each one by hand and then give it to my assistant to type up. Then we test them all to see what works for that particular book. I have many that don't make it into the publications.
What do you hope to take away from this year’s Durban Good Food & Wine Show?
I'm looking forward to seeing what SA has to offer, as it's a new place for me and I'm intrigued by it.
What can South African food-lovers expect from you?
Simple, but wonderful food and lots of fun.
What makes a great dish?
Fantastic, fresh ingredients and keeping it simple. I'd advise aspiring chefs to be true to themselves and remember the power of simplicity.