Alvin Quah may not have won MasterChef Australia but surveys revealed that he was South African audience’s most popular MasterChef Australia participant.
Masterchef Australia’s Alvin Quah back in Johannesburg by public demand
He proved such a hit during his sell-out visit to this country at the Good Food & Wine Show in September that he has been brought back by popular demand to host a series of demonstrations and hands-on workshops in Johannesburg this month.
The entertaining scientist turned cook – whose quirky food blog Cinnamon Pig is one of the most popular websites out of Masterchef – will be hosting a series of demonstrations and hands-on workshops at the Good Food Studio at Pick n Pay on Nicol in Sandton from Monday, November 21 until Friday, November 25.
The demonstrations for 60 people are R175 per person including coffees, teas, welcome drinks and a photo opportunity with Alvin. The Hands on Workshops for 32 participants are R350. Alvin will also be hosting a food and wine pairing for 50 people which features wines from Neetlingshof. The cost is R300.
Also on sale – with Alvin signing the volume - will be the best-selling Masterchef Australia Cookbook, which is not available in South Africa. Four hundred copies were flown in for the recent Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show and were sold out within hours. From winner Adam Liaw, runner-up Callum and favourites Courtney, Jonathan and Marion, to celebrity chefs Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Maggie Beer and Luke Nguyen, and judges Gary and George, all the standout recipes are in this volume.
Quah will also be at the official opening of the Pick n Pay store at Woodlands Boulevard in Moreletta Park in Pretoria on Wednesday, November 23, at 9.30am.
Says Alvin: “I love South Africa. I adore people who can appreciate my sometimes silly sense of humour. And who could say no to a population who worships meat and their braai?! It was love at first sight and it would seem that I am a multiple offender!
“I will be doing some old favourites like Drunken Chicken as well as some personal fishy favourites using local SA produce. I hear kingklip and snoek are must-haves in terms of fish!”
His message to those wishing to enter the upcoming Masterchef South Africa season: “I have so much more confidence and I believe in myself now!”
Says Anthony Brown, GM of Fresh Food for Pick n Pay of the company’s decision to bring Quah to Johannesburg: “We felt that Alvin’s ethos with regards to cooking and teaching people to cook was in line with that of the Good Food Studio and Pick n Pay’s Love Food campaign. The Studio was built not only to show case the vast range of products that are stocked at Pick n Pay, but to teach people that learning to cook is not an intimidating process, but one that can be fun, informative and a powerful mechanism for self realisation and growth. Even if you have been cooking for years – there is a class with a trick or two or even a new recipe that will appeal to you.”
· The Good Food Studio is at Pick n Pay on Nicol, cnr Republic & William Nicol, in Sandton. Woodlands Boulevard Pick 'n' Pay is at cnr De Villebois Meuril Drive and Garsfontein Roads in Moreletta Park.