MasterChef South Africa judge Zola Nene will join the show’s alumni, Andriëtte de la Harpe and Tarryn de Kock, at The Plant Powered Show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 27 to 29, 2022.

With a passion for food, Nene swapped her B Comm Law studies for the smells of the kitchen. She will perform demos at the Checkers Plant Kitchen powered by Simple Truth on Saturday, May 28 at 3pm and Sunday, May 29 at 2pm.

De Kock was a finalist in the most recent MasterChef South Africa series, where one of her competition highlights included winning dish of the day in the Vegan Mystery Box challenge. Having been both vegan and vegetarian, she loves experimenting with plant-based eating, and hopes to encourage others to be more mindful, flexible and adventurous in what they put on their plates.

De la Harpe, who was the runner-up in MasterChef South Africa 2022, owns a bakery called ‘n Montvol, and is also passionate about creating plant-based dishes.

Together, the talented twosome will be demonstrating how to make de la Harpe’s MasterChef SA finals dish of butternut steak with asparagus, red pepper sauce, ricotta and smoked chimichurri as well as a croquette made with mushroom duxelles and chick*n fillets.

They will be joined online by MasterChef Australia‘s Simon Toohey, who will chat to the duo from his home in Melbourne, Australia. So showgoers can expect the sharing of top tips.

Their demo will take place in the Checkers Plant Kitchen on Saturday, May 28 at midday.

Zola Nene at The Plant Powered Show MasterChef South Africa reunion
Zola Nene appears at The Plant Powered Show MasterChef SA reunion

Chefs, foodies, experts

Zola Nene

Tarryn de Kock

Simon Toohey (online)

Andriëtte de la Harpe

Mokgadi Itsweng (food activist)

Jenny Morris, Claire Sharryn Roberto (nutrition / functional foods expert)

Jane Nshuti (African food educator)

Culinary consultant / chef Tamsin Snyman

Mira Weiner (plant-based advocate)

Arabella Parkinson (plant-based chef)

Phil Mansergh (The Kelp Shack)

Loubie Rusch (indigenous foods expert)

Owen O’Reilly (mixologist)

Michele Mistry (ayurvedic nutritionist)

Peter Daniel (health and wellness expert)

Food writer Amy Hoppy, Rudi Liebenberg (Exec Chef Belmond Mount Nelson)

Leozette Roode (vegan cookbook author)

Kurt Schlechter (director Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen / Cape Brandy Bar)

Expert Health and Wellness Talks

Brett Thompson (co-founder and CEO of Mzansi Meat Co)

Carla Gontier (co-owner, Grumpy & Runt)

Dr. Nanine Wyma (MD Physicians Association for Nutrition (PAN) SA)

Dr Yesheen Singh (plant-based physician)

Jessica Kotlowitz (registered clinical dietitian)

Joni Symon, (co-founder of De Novo Dairy)

Justin Smith (head of the business development unit at WWF South Africa)

Misha Teasdale (social change activist and director of the Greenpop Foundation)

Nadia Mulder (registered dietitian) environmental advocate Nicole Sherwin

Actress / co-creator Animal Avengers

Shannon Elizabeth, Toni Brockhoven (Chairperson, Beauty Without Cruelty)

Plant Powered Show tickets for the online show are R120. R250 for the in-person event. Get tickets here.

What: The Plant Powered Show 2022
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre
When: Friday, May 27, 2pm – 8pm, Saturday, May 28, 10am – 8pm, Sunday, May 29, 10am – 5pm