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.
This weekend will be all kinds of Delicious, as the now annual DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival returns. On the bill this time around, the amazing Chaka Khan, Louie Vega, Siba Mtongana, Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris and many others. Details below:
DATE: Saturday, 6th June
VENUE: Huddle Recreation Park, Club St, Linksfield
GATES OPEN: 10am to 8:30pm
MCs: Proverb (Hip Hop recording artist, Host & Co-producer of Idols SA), Mo G (Kaya FM) and Katlego Mabusela (Kaya FM)
Tickets: General Access – R450 per person
Delicious Lounge – R900 per person
Decadance Luxury Lounge – R3 500
Kids under 12 (R200 per child)
• Websites: www.deliciousfestival.com & www.dstv.com/delicious
• Delicious Community: http://www.deliciousfestival.com/community
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeliciousFestivalSA
• YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE_HkvhgxLo&feature=youtu.be! &
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeliciousFestSA
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?