TV review – MasterChef SA: They taste so good

2014-08-17 15:00

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MasterChef SA

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Our food shows are all the rage. Little surprise then that shows like MasterChef SA return for second or third helpings.

The first season of MasterChef SA was nominated for an International Emmy and Come Dine with Me SA is one of the top five shows watched in Scandinavian countries.

It’s the characters we have in this country and our varied palates that make us attractive. From the culinary delights of French-infused haute cuisine of the Franschhoek Valley to the mopani worms of Tzaneen, there is so much to taste.

This season brings a new judge with chef Reuben Riffel, who joins Benny Masekwameng and Pete Goffe-Wood. The producers also promise a few celebrity appearances.

The heat in the kitchen intensifies from the first episode in the gruelling Boot Camp, where hopefuls have to secure a spot in the MasterChef kitchen.

This season, the contestants include a 73-year-old grandmother and 21-year-old university graduates.

Among the 36 candidates in Boot Camp are a medical doctor and a train driver’s assistant. Like previous seasons, there is also a surprise exotic location where contestants will jet off to and battle for the next round.

In the first year, it was the fish markets of Zanzibar. Last year, they cooked in the mountains of Addis Ababa to cater for long-distance Ethiopian runners.

Previous winner Deena Naidoo still runs Aarya, his restaurant at Montecasino, Joburg. Season two winner Kamini Pather is filming her own TV show for a DStv channel.

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