Cape Town – Train driver Roxi Wardman has proven that she can face the heat in the kitchen.After weeks of challenges and surviving the dreaded pressure test a couple of times she is set to face her final and toughest cooking challenge in the MasterChef SA finale this Thursday.Fellow contestant Phillipa Robinson dishes on what it’s like to cook with the dessert queen and gives her take on how Roxi will fair in the final challenge.Channel24:What are Roxi's strong points?Phillpa:Roxi is an amazingly creative cook. The way she thinks about food, tastes and plating are really different and this gives her food a wonderful freshness and vibrancy.
Channel24:What are Roxi's weaknesses?Phillipa:After cooking with Roxi in the wine pairing challenge I believe that one of her only weaknesses is self doubt. However, over the course of the show she has grown in confidence and I don't believe this will be a problem. That said the final is going to be excruciatingly stressful and so who knows what effect this may have on both Roxi and Siphokazi.
Channel24:How will she handle the pressure of the final?Phillipa:I think that Roxi has shown many times how determined and focused she is. In the elimination in Mauritius, the gateau challenge and last week her ability to knuckle down and concentrate on what was needed was amazing. I hope that this gives her what she needs in the final.
Channel24:What impressed you most about Roxi?Phillipa:Her determination is admirable. But I believe it is her ability to absorb new information and grow her knowledge that is most impressive. She is never overwhelmed but rather challenges herself to find something that she can add to her cooking to make it stand out. She seems to be most creative when most stressed. She is calm and centred and this is evident in the food she produces.Catch the MasterChef SA finale Thursday at 19:30 on M-Net (101)
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