Tears, bad pasta and Mama’s seven colours

2015-02-15 17:30

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Celebrity MasterChef SA

M-Net (DStv channel 101)

Sunday, 6pm

The first episode of Celebrity MasterChef SA hit our screens this week. And it was all tears, bad pasta and Mama’s seven colours.

The first challenge saw the 10 celebrity contestants – Patricia Lewis, Lerato Moloi, Lorna Maseko, Merwelene van der Merwe, Tol A$$ Mo, Terence Bridgett, Sade Giliberti, Chris Forrest, Lunga Shabalala and Alex Jay – introduced to the mystery box.

Frequent viewers will know the mystery box challenge is when contestants are each given a box with the same ingredients and must use them to create a dish before their time runs out. But the celebrities were instead presented with an envelope with their favourite childhood food memories penned inside. Each then had to recreate their childhood food, with the help of a Mini-Me version of themselves.

It was all cute and fun until I found myself a little confused by all the crying Afrikaans actress and singer Lewis was doing. The nostalgia of cooking her childhood food was clearly too much for her. Lewis apparently bawls through much of the series, according to some inside info from one of her fellow contestants.

I was pleasantly surprised by comedian Tall A$$ Mo, who did well in the challenge by recreating a seven-colours meal. If he can keep the momentum, he might have a chance to stick it out.

Former YoTV presenter Giliberti’s pasta flopped spectacularly due to her using cake flour instead of the flour she was used to.

I am something of a food-show buff and have high expectations. But MasterChef SA hasn’t been able to con me into believing in the mediocrity they call a food show since the final episode of the first season. The judges seem lifeless and the show’s production is poor.

But I am going to hold my breath and see if this celebrity edition can instill some life into the franchise.

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