SA MasterChef cooks down to the final three

2012-07-11 10:28

The top three MasterChef SA finalists have been named.

Sarel Loots from Sabie was eliminated from the MasterChef kitchen after forgetting an integral part of his dish in the elimination test.

Deena, Sue-Ann and Manisha are left to battle it out for the title.

Family matters

Yesterday’s episode began with a Mystery Box challenge which saw the four contestants create desserts from items such as pears, cocoa, Amarula cream liqueur, oranges, cream and sweet potato, among others.

The contestants had an hour to prepare a dessert which would be part of a blind taste test with a mystery panel of judges, which turned out to be family members of the remaining four cooks.

Chefs Andrew, Benny and Pete invited Sarel, Deena and Manisha’s spouses to join them at the tasting table, along with Sue-Ann’s mother.

Deena had the opportunity to use the bell he won in the last challenge to ask a chef a question. He called on Chef Andrew for advice on making a chocolate fondant with no chocolate – just cocoa.

Chef Andrew advised him well as his dish won three of the four votes cast by family members.

Ironically, only Deena’s wife didn’t vote for his dessert – she preferred Manisha’s poached pears.

Deena’s prize was a romantic picnic with his wife in the winelands.


Sarel and Sue-Ann’s desserts received no votes in the Mystery Box challenge, thus putting them in the elimination test.

The task was to recreate Greenhouse chef Peter Templehoff’s roasted duck breast with hazelnut milk gel, confit duck pastilla and honey roasted figs.

While Sue-Ann’s duck breast was slightly overcooked, her pastilla and hazelnut gel really impressed the judges. Sarel forgot about the gel and served his dish without it, ultimately costing him his place in the competition.

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