Johannesburg – In a nail biting finale comedian Chris Forrest nabbed the title of South Africa’s first Celebrity MasterChef.
Altogether he won R185 000 and a brand new VW Jetta for his charity, Villa of Hope.
For the first challenge Chris and singer Patricia Lewis had to cook a seafood dish for their fellow contestants. This round would be scored by their peers. The second challenge was a pressure test that would be scored by the judges.
The votes were tallied and in the end Chris beat Patricia by two points!
We had a quick chat with Chris about his win and his MasterChef experience.
SA's first celebrity masterchef winner Chris Forrest! #mcsaA photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on May 10, 2015 at 10:06am PDT
SA's first celebrity masterchef winner Chris Forrest! #mcsa
A photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on May 10, 2015 at 10:06am PDT
Did you at any moment think you could win?
(laughs) No, that’s the short answer.
What was the most difficult challenge in the competition?
They were all difficult! The final was insane. Any invention test was extreme for me. I was on edge constantly but loving every minute. The pressure was extreme, take what you see on TV and times it by 1000 and that’s how you feel. Your nerves are completely shattered. If I had to pick the most difficult I would say the one in the garden. The heat was a killer and it was unfamiliar ingredients. So it was tough.
How did you prepare for challenges?
I basically spent every spare minute that I could reading a recipe book, trying to commit as much to memory as I could. The rest of the time I spent in the kitchen with Terence. We had a few late nights practicing and enjoyed a few glasses at the same time. We became good mates.
Chris Forrest hands over the cheque to his charity. #mcsaA photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on May 10, 2015 at 10:49am PDT
Chris Forrest hands over the cheque to his charity. #mcsa
A photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on May 10, 2015 at 10:49am PDT
What does it feel like to have the bragging rights of being the first celebrity MasterChef?
It’s really cool. It’s very surreal I have no other way to describe it. I do realise that I was very lucky there were some really great cooks in the kitchen with me and probably deserved it more than me. I’m glad that I entered. When they originally phoned me I was in two minds. I am so glad that I did. The fact that I made it to the final was good enough. Winning it is completely life changing.
Tell us about the show you and Chef Pete will be doing in Grahamstown.
It’s a show where cooking meets sex because the two are always intertwined. It’s a little bit risqué it’s called Don’t Burn Your Sausage. It’s a comedy cooking show Pete will be cooking a meal, he’s very funny. I think it’s going to be quite good. Hopefully after Grahamstown we’ll bring it up to Joburg and Cape Town.
The celebrity chefs! #mcsaA photo posted by Channel24 (@channel24_sa) on May 10, 2015 at 10:04am PDT
The celebrity chefs! #mcsa
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