‘MasterChef Australia’ star to present class in PE

2019-02-20 06:02
Ben Ungermann, runner-up of MasterChef Australia 2017 is coming to PE next month.                   Photo:SUPPLIED

Ben Ungermann, runner-up of MasterChef Australia 2017 is coming to PE next month. Photo:SUPPLIED

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BEN Ungermann, runner-up of MasterChef Australia 2017, will return to South Africa in March for a nationwide series of three different masterclasses, and he will be making a stop in PE along the way.

In 2017, Ungermann decided to pursue his dream of a life in food on MasterChef Australia.

He finished as runner-up and discovered a love and talent for desserts.

Dubbed the “Ice Cream King” by his fans, Ben and his brother, Danny, opened up Ungermann Brothers Retro Ice Cream Parlour in Ipswich, near Brisbane last year, which is run and operated by the Ungermann family.

Since MasterChef Australia, Ungermann has been travelling the globe, from Japan to England and Indonesia, as well as his homeland in the Netherlands, giving masterclasses.

He describes his food style as rustic with a hint of sophistication and some very diverse and unique flavour combinations. So far, he has been able to work with some of the best chefs internationally from Yotam Ottolenghi and Clare Smyth to Heston Blumenthal.

Ungermann is delighted to be returning to South Africa. “It is such a beautiful country. I was lucky enough to go to Madikwe to experience a game safari. It blew my mind,” he said.

“I wasn’t able to eat at a lot of South African restaurants but I did go to Restaurant Mosaic to meet chef Chantel Dartnall and the meal I had exceeded all expectations – one of the best I have ever eaten. I am delighted that I will now get to visit Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

“I can’t wait to try out more fantastic culinary establishments. I also can’t wait to meet my fans and present a new series of masterclasses.”

Capsicum MD Renee Hill added, “We are thrilled to welcome back Ben this year. We were sold out in Pretoria last year and have had numerous requests to bring him back on a nationwide culinary tour.

“We are delighted that Ben will be giving masterclasses at our schools.”

The cost per masterclass is R950, which includes an apron to take home, as well as time afterwards for talks and photos with Ungermann.

The two-hour masterclasses, presented by Capsicum Culinary Studio in partnership with Kenwood South SA, will take place at the Capsicum Culinary Studio campus in Port Elizabeth on March 15, starting with a dessert masterclass from 14:00 to 16:00 and followed by a fish masterclass from 18:00 to 20:00.

Tickets can be booked online at www.quicket.co.za/organisers/15664-capsicum-culinary-studio/.

For more info contact Keirisha at 086 111 2433, e-mail chef@capsicumcooking.co.za or go to www.capsicumcooking.com/ben_masterclass for the schedule.

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