From 28th – 30th October , Short Chef Skinny Chef – featuring MasterChef SA finalist, Claire Allen, and runner-up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo – will be appearing live at their own theatre at the Good Food & Wine Show, at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
Short Chef Siphokazi, affectionately known as Sipho, comes in at 1.3m and when one says dynamite comes in small packages this cook does not disappoint. With a full range of cooking abilities and experience to make any home-cook a little jealous, she has a fountain of knowledge and love for cooking that is enjoyed by everyone that watches her. Sipho has been a domestic worker for the past fifteen years and since 2014 has simultaneously worked for Pick ‘n Pay as well as represented Royco. She has also written a cookbook, My Little Black Recipe Book, and just launch her very own TV show , Lets eat with Siphokazi on Thursday evening 18h30 on 161 Mzanzi Magic.
Skinny Chef Claire lives by the quote “my life is a constant battle between my love for food and wanting abs” – her cooking style is all about being homely, flavoursome and balance, offering tips and tricks to make every meal just a little more delicious. Her earliest memories are in the kitchen cooking with her gran, watching cooking shows and trying to recreate the dishes. “I was going to study to be a chef but I changed my mind in matric and went into PR and events. However my passion and love for cooking has always been there – I expressed this whenever I could – and in 2014 my burning desire to see how good a cook I could be led me to entering MasterChef South Africa.” Being the Skinny Chef means Claire has a chance to dismiss the age-old myth that you can never trust a skinny chef. “You should trust them more! Cooking and enjoying your food is about balance and I wish to showcase that in my demos and food philosophy.” Claire’s personal brand is The Foodie In Love, which encompasses solo demos, blogging and currently in pre production of her very own TV show.
Claire and Sipho met on Masterchef where they were roommates at boot camp and the duo began in the reality show’s kitchen in Paarl where the two became very close friends. “We bonded immediately”, says Claire. “Short Chef Skinny Chef is rather obviously founded on the fact that Sipho is short and I’m rather skinny, it rolled off my tongue one day and the idea just stuck.” Sipho explains how the show is unique. “I’m short and Claire is skinny; it’s all about having fun but at the same time teaching and giving tips and also learning from the audience, it’s not all about us.”
The ladies have incredible sponsors so the starting point for creating their incredible dishes are always with the brands they are working with – showcasing affordable, delicious meals you don’t need to be a chef to prepare. At this year’s the Good Food & Wine Show dishes include Crème Brûlée Rice pudding, sticky toffee pudding and beef brisket.
While Sipho most enjoys the moment their dishes are served, Claire finds great fulfillment in audience members coming up to them after a demo to ask for a recipe because they now feel they can try it at home.
Short Chef Skinny Chef, who has been sponsored by Selati, Handy Andy, Porcupine Ridge, Clover, Lancewood, Global Knives, Scan pan, Kitchen Aid, Nomu and Natural ‘Herbs and Spices’ will have their own theatre at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show and performances will take place on Friday (28th Oct) from 11h30 until 19h30, on Saturday (29th Oct) from 10h30 until 19h30 and on Sunday (30th Oct) from 10h30 until 16h30.
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