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MasterChef SA: Two go home

2012-05-09 07:39
MasterChef SA
Cape Town - A simple chicken pie proved too challenging for Babalwa Baartman and Brandon Law who were both eliminated from the Top 13 round of MasterChef SA.

After a taste test which required each of the remaining 13 to identify 15 out of 30 ingredients in an "iconic" South African dish: carrot cake.

The eight hopefuls who fared worst would go into what judge Andrew Atkinson called "the toughest Elimination Challenge yet".

After everyone correctly identified the main ingredient (carrot) it was the walnuts which stumped a very confident Thys while Ilse and Manisha tasted sultanas - which weren't in the cake.

Offal with pap

The bottom eight were then split into four teams of two after drawing utensils. The teams were: Jade and Sue-Ann, Brandon and Babalwa, Ilse and Manisha and Deena and Thys.

Each team was given four hours to take a trip to a Cape Town restaurant and taste a trademark dish prepared by a chef at that restaurant, before heading back to the MasterChef kitchen and recreating the dish by taste alone.

Ilse and Manisha's worst fears came true when they had to taste an offal dish with pap at Eziko's in Langa.

Babalwa and Brandon, who were feeling confident in their simple dish, were first back to the kitchen and made their pastry from scratch. Turns out the original dish actually used store-bought puff pastry!

The judges blasted the pair for their pastry, which was "like biscuit" and their chicken filling was exposed after the pastry shrunk during baking.

The rest of the pack didn't fare much better.

Ilse and Manisha's pap wasn't the right consistency, after following the cooking instructions on the packet, but chef Benny Masekwameng loved their tripe. Sue-Ann found herself up for the chop again, but her waterblommetjie dish which she cooked with partner Jade, just made the grade.

But it was the B-team of Brandon and Babalwa who found themselves handing in their aprons at the end of the episode.

* MasterChef SA airs on Tuesdays on M-Net and M-Net HD at 19:30 - and repeats on Wednesdays at 17:00.

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