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ChoppedSA Banner Whale CottageChopped South Africa’ was launched at Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris’ studio in De Waterkant yesterday, to publicise the 10 programme Food Network series on DStv channel 175, commencing on Wednesday 23 July at 21h00.

Chopped South Africa‘ is the first professional chef reality TV competition in South Africa, based on the American ‘Chopped‘, but with a South African flavour. It is the first international adaption of the programme, and was created due to the series’ very strong following in our country, with 25000 viewers per programme, I was told by Nikki Cooper, the Commissioning Editor of ‘Chopped South Africa‘, based in London and working with programming for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  She said that she was ‘blown away by the talent and graciousness’ of our local chefs.  Due to the strong support of South African viewers, Food Network is investing in creating content for our country, but with appeal to its international viewers too.

We were welcomed by Jacques Verster. He introduced the four judges, being Jenny Morris who has hosted programmes on Moroccan and on Mediterranean cooking for Food Network (and who turned out to be a tough judge, explaining that she wanted to be honest with her feedback, and for it to have integrity); David van Staden, the Executive Chef of the Tsogo Sun Group; Siba Mtongana, who has her own ‘Siba’s Table’ program on Food Network; guest judge Rebecca Hurst, who runs the Hurst cookeryChopped SA judges Whale Cottage school; and guest judge and Chef Lindsay Venn of Tsogo Sun The Cullinan (not in the photograph).  We were told how strongly the judges believed in their standards, and fought for their point of view in deciding which chef would be ‘chopped’. Heinz is the main programme sponsor, while Shoprite-Checkers provided all the ingredients for the cooking on the program.

Nikki explained how the series works, with each of the ten programmes having four contestants, 40 selected from many applications received from young professional chefs in South African kitchens.  Shot in Johannesburg, hosted by Denvor Phokaners, produced by Sue Nel from Snelco in association with (more…)

The Global Party banner Whale Cottage PortfolioCape Town is one of 120 cities celebrating The Global Party this weekend, which began on Thursday and runs through until this evening, each of three parties per city and 360 parties in total  ‘linking the world for a worthy cause‘ aimed at benefiting children through the 360000 VIPs, celebrities, and jetsetters attending.  The Global Party theme this year is ‘Global Glamour‘.

The first Global Party was held two years ago, with 80 parties held.  The event is to become an annual one from now onwards, and the proceeds from donations received and the monies raised through auctions will go to The Global Charity Trust as well as to local country-specific charities. The 120 parties per evening are live-streamed globally.  The global parties are being held at an elite list of the world’s chicest nightspots, including Nikki Beach in Marrakesh, Paris’s Ozu Club, and The Savoy in London. (more…)