Viewers ‘hungry’ for local show

2012-03-23 00:00

MASTERCHEF SA, which launched on M-Net on Tuesday, is taking the country by storm.

And viewers have wasted no time weighing up the three judges — Andrew Atkinson, Benny Masekwameng and Pete Goffe-Wood. Atkinson in particular came under scrutiny on Facebook and Twitter, with remarks about his delivery — too slow, said some —and “lame” remarks.

There was even criticism of the way he stared at the would-be chefs while they prepared their dishes.

“Why on earth,” asked tweeter Lu Jacobs, “did Masterchef SA appoint a judge who looks like a serial killer while he’s tasting food?”

But in general, viewers were excited by the first show

“Entertaining, emotional, professional, fun. Well done, Masterchef SA, I’ll certainly watch every Tuesday,” wrote viewer Lisa Key.

At first glance, the show, which is costing M-Net millions, compares well with the popular U.S. and Australian versions.

The director, Donald Clark, brings his experience from the first three seasons of Survivor SA. The SA series will be 18 episodes, more like the shorter U.S. version than the daily, 80-episode Australian show that has riveted DStv viewers over the past few years.

M-Net publicist Ingrid Engelbrecht said the channel was very happy with the reception so far, which confirmed M-Net’s prediction that South Africans were hungry for a local edition of the show.

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