Cheffing Success Takes A Lot More Than Cooking

Leadership and sustainability are more than just buzzwords in today’s kitchens and chefs have a vital role to play in the management hierarchy of successful hospitality industry operations. Chef James Khoza (executive chef at Sandton Convention Centre, president of SA Chefs Association and Hostex ambassador) shares his thoughts on these and other topics.

PR: Veganuary – what it’s all about!

The country’s first Vegan & Plant Powered Show looks set to bring in the crowds when it opens at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 30 & 32 May and Capsicum Culinary Studios, SA’s largest culinary school, is incorporating Vegan dishes into its teaching programme as part of their healthy-eating syllabus.

Banting Granola

Great! You can have double-cream yoghurt, but do you still feel like there is something missing? How about a scoop of home-made Granola without the added sugar, stabilisers and other funnies that creep into mass-produced bags of granola.

Fat Bombs

Usually made from a combination of ingredients such as butter, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, fat bombs were initially designed for those following the low carb-high fat diet. These morsels are great at increasing your “fat consumption” on the go and will make you feel fuller for longer; due to the insanely high fat-content.

Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee, also known as butter coffee, is an energizing beverage made with quality fats and high-quality coffee.
The recipe is easy: just blend together coffee, MCT oil and grass-fed butter or ghee.

LCHF Foods

Since doing my first LCHF diet years ago, there has been some changes in the original ingredient (or allowed food) list. We’ve decided to use the basis of the Banting diet as a guideline for the LCHF lifestyle challenge. Find out more here!

LCHF Lifestyle

I know it’s the 2nd of January, but none of this NEW YEAR, NEW ME crap.
No, this is purely a lifestyle change and we are committed to this “lifestyle” for the next 78 days. Keep an eye on the LCHF tab for recipes and lifestyle tricks.

Looking for an “any occasion wine”?

Looking for an “any occasion wine”? Here it is… Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir 2016 – perfect for any occasion South Africa is home to only a couple of certified biodynamic wine producers, and Elgin Ridge Wine Estate happens to be one of these. Situated in the picture-perfect Elgin Wine Valley, the estate owned by Brian…

It’s World Malbec Day

Today Argentina is synonymous with Malbec, having achieved a direct association with the varietal. Renowned by its diversity, high quality and elegance, it marks a constant innovation in the wine scene worldwide.


The world’s most prolific ballroom and dance theatre production, Burn the Floor, returns to South Africa for a much-anticipated tour across the country later this year. The show is set to dazzle local audiences with its spectacular dance moves and sizzling ballroom displays on stage and you shouldn’t miss it for the world!


The popular Winter Sculpture Fair, a unique sculpture exhibition in one of Gauteng’s most beautiful landscapes, returns to the Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park over the weekend of 11 and 12 May. Organisers of the event, Artlogic, have once again teamed up with the Franschhoek Wine Valley to bring to the fair the finest culinary and…


Looking for something to do when in the Western Cape?  The Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival is back, and it’s guaranteed to be one of this year’s social calendar highlights. Taking place over the weekend of 27 and 28 April participating Elgin Wine Producers will be pulling out the stops to showcase their range of fine wines paired with amazing food offerings.


L’Ormarins’ Zanie Viljoen is the MCC Specialist Winemaker at Anthonij Rupert Wines, which will be showcasing some of its bubblies in the L’Ormarins range in Johanesburg.

Pomodoro Magic in Morningside!

Have you ever dreamed of waves of delicious pasta creations, all adorned with rich and fragrant sauces? Or jewels of seafood drenched in authentic Mediterranean flavours?
That is exactly what you can expect with a visit to Pomodoro Ristorante!

We were treated to a sneak peek of the menu with a “Bloggers Dinner Party” showcasing seafood, pasta, ostrich fillet and incredible wines.

An intimate “bloggers dinner party” included some new and familiar faces, as well as our hosts, one of which was the owner Stefano Mas.


The 2019 Cape Wine Auction has raised R14 625 million and has now amassed nearly R88 million since the first auction was held in 2014. At a glamorous event held at Buitenverwachting in Constantia, it was announced that Raymond Ndlovu has been appointed chairperson to the Cape Wine Auction Trust, replacing Wendy Appelbaum who remains a…