Want some delicious news? Good, I’ve got it. One of my absolute favourite people in the industry is Siba Mtongana. I’ve been a fan since her first cooking show on Mzansi Magic (I managed the digital platforms at that stage). She’s warm, intelligent, so likeable, beautiful and just such a gem on television. I noticed, but so did others. So much so, she caught the attention of the bosses at Food Network. Fast track to 2013, and her show Siba’s Table made its debut in 2013. Fast track even more and the show is now returning for a third season
Siba’s Table s3 (ten episodes) builds on the popular format of its predecessors whereby the host brings her culinary flair and on-screen charisma to viewers across the region. Siba is just as delighted to be heading back into her TV kitchen “This is great news for me, but more so for my beloved country, South Africa, as Cape Town is home to South Africa’s most vibrant food scene and reflects the rich cultural diversity of our rainbow nation”
Phillip Luff, MD Scripps UK & EMEA, says Siba’s Table exceeded all expectations. “Internationally, the series proved to be one of our most successful shows and we can’t wait to bring the third series of ‘Siba’s Table’ to all our food lovers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
Siba’s Table will air again later this year on Food Network, channel 175 on DStv.
Some interesting facts:
Siba’s Table debuted in September 2013 airing in over 90 countries across Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Siba’s Table is now airing in over 128 countries, including the US where the franchise is broadcast to 60 million homes on The Cooking Channel.
I was lucky enough to attend the annual Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards in Cape Town at the weekend. The awards honour the biggest names and restaurants in the food business and so you can imagine the festive and delicious the awards were this year. MasterChef SA’s Kamini Pather was there, as were Food Network stars, Jenny Morris and Siba Mtongana. kykNET’s Tracey Lange, surfer girl Roxy Louw and a whole bunch of other famous faces were also there to be apart of the festivities. The event was a full 7 hours and for someone working, it was pretty heavy going but it was a treat nonetheless. Here are two videos I produced from the event:
And here are a few interviews and sound bytes with the winners:
Have you eaten at some of SA’s top restaurants? Which one do you enjoy the most?
South African chef, Jenny Morris has a lot to be excited about. Following the success of the first season of her cooking show, Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, Food Network has decided to commission a second season. This time viewers will get to see Jenny jetting off to Europe for Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera. You’ll get to see her exploring and cooking along the French and Italian Rivieras, in particular places like Saint-Tropez, Monte Carlo, Portofino and Cinque Terre.
Nick Thorogood, SVP Content & Marketing, Scripps UK & EMEA had this to say: “From Jenny’s Cape Town cookery school she already has many Mediterranean influences. In this series I am pleased she will have the chance to travel to the Riviera and explore the cuisine in more detail.”
Sue Walton, VP Commissioning & Original Content, Scripps UK & EMEA added, “Jenny’s second series showcases one of South Africa’s most loved chefs and her cuisine. Throughout the series, Jenny’s journey through the Riviera’s picturesque landscapes will be stacked with inspiration as she serves up menus inspired by the natural beauty and glamour of her surroundings
On finding out about the new season, Jenny says “Once again Food Network is feeding my foodie soul. I’m delighted with the new commission and look forward to an incredible journey and fun experiences I can share with viewers throughout the world. Just love Food Network – it is entertainment with food at its heart!”
Well done, Jenny! I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking this season.