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Taste of Durban 2013

26 - 28th July 2013

The Pick 'n Pay Taste of Durban takes place at Suncoast Casino from 26 to 28 July 2013. Nine of Durban's finest restaurants will fashion special menus of starter sized dishes for the occasion, including signature dishes created by featured chefs designed to reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients in an unbeatable alfresco gourmet setting.

Enjoy a feast for the senses with top chefs demonstrating live in the Pick n Pay Chef's Theatre or learn how to create and pair simple, stylish and utterly delicious canapés with a wide range fine wine to complement the balance of flavours in the Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience.

Hartford's very own Chef Jackie Cameron will be holding cooking demonstrations in the Chef's Theatre on Saturday at 14h00 and on Sunday at 12h30. On Saturday Jackie will be cooking with sustainable fish, SASSI, and on Sunday she'll be cooking recipes from her recently launched recipe book : "JACKIE CAMERON COOKS AT HOME". Jackie wil be showcasing her female chef jacket range and will be available to sign copies of her book. Books will be available to purchase at the show for R250.

Recipes from Jackie Cameron Cooks At Home :

Potato Salad
Beef Fillet with Spicy Coconut Milk, Hummus and Coriander

Boutique exhibitors, artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries will provide a bounty of the country's finest food and drink on offer, ensuring that you can sample and shop for a range of produce in the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market. With world class restaurants, chefs and produce, Taste of Durban is a sumptuous, indulgent foodie day out and is the must attend event on Durban's food and social calendar.



Beef Lasagne / Jackie Cameron (p)

Beef Lasagne / Jackie Cameron (p)

"While transactions build turnovers, relationships build value."

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

I have been blessed with some extremely special staff over the years at Hartford House. I consider myself very lucky. Pressure of work is a great tester, and while transactions build turnovers, relationships build value. If you can stand together in adversity, you can manage anything, and cooking together is the pressure tester for character building. My kitchen team is my second family and with any family, when one is in need, everyone jumps in to help out. My kitchen team was involved in the first "Taste of Durban", at Suncoast Casino, and we were attempting to run Hartford at the same time. Desperation is the mother of most inventions with me, and here was an SOS for help from past staff members. Hence, I thought we should get them to share their favourite home-cooked meal for you to taste this month.

Kezia Duke was my Sous Chef at Hartford, second in charge, for over two years, a true perfectionist. One just has to look at her handwriting to know exactly what she is about. Last weekend we celebrated her hen's/kitchen tea, and can you believe, after working with me that long, she still wants me to be her maid-of-honour! I do feel honoured. She sent through a recipe for a quick-and-easy bacon and courgette crustless savoury tart; wonderful for its simplicity. Use any of your favourite ingredients to make it your own.

Paula Mackenzie, where do I begin? She started at Hartford as a trainee from "ICA", a cooking school in Stellenbosch. Her roles changed significantly as the years went by, with short intervals elsewhere: from trainee, to pastry chef, to sous chef to manager, and eventually, to General Manager at the tender age of 24. Her passion for all-things hotel, not only the food side but the magnificent Hartford gardens and the award-winning wine list, convinced her to hang up her chef's jacket and step over, as us chefs say, "to the dark side." Milk Tart is as South African as Nelson Mandela, and it is appropriate that Paula submitted a recipe for this national favourite, because she too, is proudly South African and I believe her forté is pastry.

Robynne Balcomb, whom I refer to as "my little one," is a past trainee whose arm I have been trying to twist to leave her new-found passion for teaching children and to join us permanently. Her roots are still very foodie, she's an absolute "natural", and she jumps at any opportunity to help out. She recently assisted me in compiling my recipe book "Jackie Cameron at Home," which Penguin Publishers will have on the book shelves early next year. I couldn't have managed without her with all the food preparations for the photo-shoots, and her wonderfully creative food styling, critical to meeting our deadlines. More recently she was my "chef-model" for the launch of my 'all-female chef range' shoot. She sent through two recipes, which I can't wait to try. The cracker biscuits with her "Mum's chicken and broccoli bake" is wonderfully savoury and her coconut and yoghurt fridge tart of condensed and coconut milks, sounds like a hit in the Cameron household.

My right-hand lady, Elaine Boshoff, present Sous chef at Hartford, made the "Taste of Durban" exhibition possible for us, as she held the fort, immaculately, as she always does, while I was trekking between Durban and Mooi River. While running Hartford's kitchen, she was prepping up stock levels and doing my daily demonstration preparations for the show. Our favourite staff or home-cooked meal is our ultra-rich lasagne, an irresistible Elaine speciality.

Here we were, a gathering of my past assistants, aged from 21-30, all in retirement as none of them are cooking professionally these days, and we had a "ripper" of a time; I just hope I can rope them in again next year. The cherry on the top was the visit of Deena Naidoo, Masterchef South Africa, and his wife Kathy, who made the special effort to come and visit us and meet my team. A superb weekend, don't miss it next year; it's one of those not-to-miss dates in the "foodie" calendar, and is bound to grow from strength-to-strength. As cherished a weekend as I can remember in my culinary adventures, time spent with lovely people, doing what we love most. The recipes they have shared with us will bring you the essence of their personalities.

Take these recipes and try them.

chef hat

Send comments and food-related questions to jackie@hartford.co.za. I always look forward to hearing from you.For the latest on local foodie news add me as a friend on FACEBOOK. Find me on Twitter - jackie_cameron.

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713


Taste Of Durban

Suncoast Casino, Durban
27 - 29 July 2012

Join Hartford House's very own celebrity chef, Jackie Cameron, at the inaugural 'Taste of Durban' set to take place at Suncoast Casino from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July 2012... it's destined to be the culinary event of the year.

Over three days, this unique international restaurant festival will bring together the city's most acclaimed restaurants, prestigious chefs and carefully selected premium exhibitors and promises to attract Durban's most dedicated and sophisticated foodies in an outdoor celebration of fine dining.

'Taste' is an unforgettable experience which can only be described as 'foodie heaven' and is widely considered 'the world's greatest restaurant festival.'

Starting with the 'Taste of London' in 2004, the 'Taste Festival' phenomenon has spread to the most fashionable cities worldwide and has set a new global benchmark for 'food and drink' with 16 Taste Festivals (including Cape Town and Johannesburg) hosted internationaly.

Pick n Pay 'Taste of Durban' in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum will be showcasing 8 of Durban's top restaurants and chefs, namely Café 1999, Hartford House, Havana Grill & Little Havana, 9th Avenue Bistro, Simply Asia Ballito, Jewel of India, Max's Lifestyle Umlazi and Versaille at The Blue Waters Hotel.

Taste brings these chefs together to serve the fabulous, trend-setting signature dishes that have made them so popular with foodies and critics alike. This impressive list of participating restaurants and their exceptional chefs guarantees that there is something sensational for every palate.

Added to the extraordinary line up of chefs you'll also have the opportunity to sip and sample an array of the very best of wine, beer, cocktails and delicious 'foodie produce' Durban has to offer whilst you shop your way around the festival. If you love eating out, this is an opportunity too good to miss.

Sit back and relax at the Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef's Theatre where top chefs will showcase their culinary skills in fun and informative cooking demonstrations, culinary challenges and entertaining tutorials. Or try your hand at making canapés at the hands on Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience.

Other features include the Amazing Thailand Experience where Thai chefs will be demonstrating authentic Thai dishes, and the Snowflake Pancake Feature where visitors can learn how to make the perfect pancakes for every occasion.

Be sure to indulge in all things delicious at Fine Brandy by Design by Distell where South Africa's finest brandies which will be paired with a range of exquisite canapés. Visitors can also look forward to a host of premium drink features like San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna, the Redds Experience, the KWV Brandy Feature as well as Jagermeister's one of a kind six-wheel drive monster truck.

Award-winning wines will be on offer from estates such as Hermanuspietersfontein Winery, Warwick Wine Estate, Orange River Cellars, Namaqua Wines and the Idiom Wine Collection. Several micro-breweries such as Shongweni Breweries and Porcupine Quill Brewing Company will be showcasing their range of locally brewed beers all of which are handcrafted using only the finest ingredients and natural processes.

Celebrate Durban's local food heroes at The Small Producers Market or take a walk through the Taste & Buy Experience and discover a mouth-watering array of gourmet food suppliers.

For those who crave a more exclusive experience, there's the Taste Club House presented by DStv, a private lounge that serves as your base for the show. The ticket includes with fast-track entry to the show, a complimentary bar (malt, wine, soft drinks) in a private club house to use as a base for the show, a free tasting glass and R180's worth of Festival Crowns (the official Festival currency).

Justine Drake, Taste Festival Director, comments, "Taste of Durban provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of our local chefs. It promises to be a wonderful day or night out that will not only tantalize your taste buds, but delight your other senses too. With the success of Taste of Joburg and Taste of Cape Town over the last six years we have no doubt that Durban is in for a treat!"

To avoid queues early booking is advised, so book now. Visit www.tasteofdurban.co.za or www.itickets.co.za.