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Cape Winelands Conference To Explore Cuisine Innovation

CAPE TOWN, 30 August 2018 – Chef Wandile Mabaso, a young and internationally travelled Soweto-born chef has been confirmed as a speaker at The Business of Wine & Food Conference, which takes place at Spier on 17 October.

“Mabaso is known as South Africa’s French cuisine ambassador, having worked alongside many famous French chefs, like the legendary Alain Ducasse who holds an incredible 21 Michelin stars. He was also mentored by the world-famous chef, Olivier Reginensi,” says Margi Biggs, the convenor of the annual conference, now in its third year.

This food artist trained in classical French cooking in New York City following his culinary education in South Africa. He returned home in 2017 after almost 10 years spent abroad, with a vision to disrupt the culinary scene and establish his own restaurant in Bryanston, Johannesburg. He’s done just so. Called ‘The SA Culinary Club’, it’s a first of its kind in the city and offers an experiential form of dining in a creative culinary space where contemporary fine dining is re-invented by combining elements of art, live music, food education and guest/chef interaction in a bare open kitchen. The cuisine is said to be “unique, daring, designed to evoke emotions and push boundaries but yet comforting to the body and soul”.

Biggs elaborates: “Wandile is passionate about sharing the skills he’d learned while working as a chef across the globe, from the Mediterranean, to Miami, New York and Paris, as well as during his time back here in South Africa. Conference delegates can look forward to an energetic presentation from him. He’s sure to disrupt and challenge entrenched ideas so we can open our minds and allow for innovative thinking.”

The theme for this year’s conference is innovation.

Registration is now open at a fee of R4 400 (excl. VAT) while students only pay R1 750 (excl. VAT) per person. A special discount is available to SAACI, SATSA, SITE, FEDHASA and Cape Town Tourism members, with tickets offered at R4 000 (excl. VAT) per delegate.

Go to to view the full programme and learn more about the line-up of speakers.

For more information on the conference, or to register, visit

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