Celebrity Chef and MasterChef SA judge, Benny Masekwameng, will be doing what he does best this Saturday at the Good Food & Wine Show.
Masekwameng will be showing visitors how to enhance the dishes and present them in such a way that they will be the envy of friends and family.
When asked about some of his demonstrations he mentioned seasoning. “You have to taste your food while you are cooking, that’s the cardinal rule. You need to give the ingredients the respect they deserve and perfect the dish with the best cooking methods,” he said.
He’ll also be showing visitors to the show how to prepare dishes such as Spicy Fish and Rice Casserole, Garlicky Chicken & Meatballs with Mediterranean Vegetables Bake, Rice Fritters, Chicken and Rice Chow-Chow and Casserole with Rice, Beef, Green Beans and Tomato.
Masekwameng is just part of a bumper line-up including MasterChef Australia winner Bret Owens, a fellow MasterChef judge John Torode and Food Network’s Siba Mtongana, presenter of Siba’s Table.
Masekwameng was inspired at an early age by his mother, who supplied meals to local construction workers in order to provide the family income.
The first milestone was reached when he graduated from Natal Technikon with a diploma in Catering Management. He began his career as a trainee at the Hilton Hotel in Durban, where he gained valuable experience for more than six years, and was promoted during this time.
Masekwameng broadened his horizons as he branched out into several other ventures, before joining Tsogo Sun in 2006.
He is delighted that children are taking an interest cooking through the many TV shows and they are eating healthily.
“I like to impart my cooking knowledge to normal folk at home, especially the kids who are more into cooking than ever before. That’s a good sign. They are willing to watch TV cooking shows and are making dishes from scratch, and they know all the ingredients that go into it.”
Masekwameng never realised as a youngster that this would be his dream job. “I wanted to be an electrical engineer,” he said, “but in the finals I wasn’t good enough and had to go to Plan B. I didn’t realise that Plan B was what I was meant to do.”
There are plans for his own cooking TV show and he hopes to write a cook book of his own recipes one day.
The Good Food & Wine Show will take place in Johannesburg at Ticketpro Dome (formerly the Coca-Cola Dome) between 23 and 26 July.