Cheftestants play chicken

By Drum Digital
15 August 2016

Music, mood and a funny man in the Top Chef SA kitchen

This week’s Quickfire Challenge sees the remaining nine cheftestants compete to see who can debone a chicken the fastest. Speed is of the essence as their butchery skills are put to the test, with the winner granted all-important immunity.

The judges then tell them to recreate and improve on a fast food meal that they randomly select from a bunch of brown paper bags for the Elimination Challenge. The difficulty of the challenge is increased by the fact they have only five minutes in the pantry and fridges to grab their ingredients.

While it initially seems like a simple enough challenge, none of the cheftestants feel secure when they go before the Judges’ Table, which this week includes comedian Deep Fried Man alongside regular judges Neill Anthony, Lesego Semenya and Lorna Maseko.


Deep Fried Man lightens the mood in the Top Chef SA kitchen with this humour – he even sings to Linda’s chicken. He’s a self-confessed food lover who brings with him both his guitar and charismatic comedy to help judge the cheftestants’ recreated and reimagined take-away meals. Who will be out of the running to becoming South Africa’s first Top Chef?

Tune into SABC3 on Tuesday16 August at 8 pm for all the Top Chef SA action.

Last week, Themba Tebogo Bawuti, sous chef at La Mouette in Cape Town, had to pack his knives and leave the competition. He ran out of time in the Elimination Challenge trying to recreate judge Neill Anthony’s chicken dish and honeycomb dessert.

The nine chefs remaining in the competition are: Devin Gregory Hogan, head chef and owner at SMAK Delicatessen and Restaurant in Cape Town; Annemarie Robertson, executive chef at Burrata, Bocca & Open Door in Constantia; Hezron Louw, co-owner and chef at the Sumting Fresh Food Bus and Gourmet Street Food Company; Martine Christian, executive chef at Escondido Tapas in Johannesburg; Ayabonga Gope from The Deckhouse in Cape Town; Sachin Gosai, head chef at The National in Parktown North, Johannesburg; Phillip Nel, chef de partie at Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch; Kim Crystal Clement, owner of Urban Eatery and Central Pizza in Pretoria; and Linda Nirina Mazibuko, co-owner of Blackcurrant Food Concepts, an events and catering company as well as a food consulting and training company.

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