How Kamini plans to spend her MasterChef moolah

2013-09-13 08:42
Shaheema Barodien
Johannesburg - After the confetti had been swept up, and the Champagne bubbles had fizzed out, freshly crowned MasterChef South Africa season 2 winner Kamini Pather faced the press on Wednesday to talk about her big moment and what she planned to do with her prizes, most notably her R400 000 cheque.

"I want to inspire South Africans to cook seasonally and locally and I've got some interesting offers since the show started," she said at the MasterChef finale party held at Tsogo Sun in Hyde Park on Wednesday night, soon after the episode aired on M-Net.

The 30-year-old self-confessed naturalized Capetonian, who moved there from her native Durban in 2006, was clear about her food vision and said she did not plan on opening her own restaurant or writing her own cookbook, as many stars from the various international iterations of MasterChef have done. She would continue to work in the food and Media industry.

Kamini beat 23-year-old Chemistry Masters student Leandri van der Wat to the coveted title in a nail-biting cook-off.

Why cash?

M-Net explained that the decision to offer cash and other prizes, rather than a restaurant deal to the eventual winner (SA's first MasterChef Deena Naidoo received a restaurant to manage for 2 years) was to allow them to to realise their individual food dream.

"We didn't want to seem dictatorial, like M-Net and MasterChef were forcing (the winner) to go along a path that was one that would not make (the winner) happy," said Anne Davis, M-Net Senior Commissioning Editor.

"Food is about joy, about sharing who you are and I think that is what ultimately the public responds to. We try to make the prize as flexible and as open as possible that anyone who enters this competition can realise what they want," she added.

Season 3?

Anne could not confirm if a third season of MasterChef SA would be commissioned, nor if any spinoffs (such as sister channel kykNet's Ilse Kook, starring season 1 contender Ilse Fourie) were on the cards.

When it came to talking about spending her R400k, Kamini joked that she initially dreamed of living like a rapper and renting a yacht. But reality set in when she realized she would need to invest the money to someday start her own blogging portal or fund a TV series.

In other lighter moments in their interviews, Kamini shared that if she couldn’t cook and had to order fast food she would choose extra spicy Nando's, while Leandri confessed to being a sushi addict.

Also among Kamini's incredible list of prizes (besides a brand new VW Golf 7 and a luxury holiday in the Seychelles) is a year's supply of food from sponsors Woolworths. Kamini promised she wouldn't spend it all on wine. That would already be supplied by co-sponsors Nederburg on whose estate the cooking show is filmed.


  • Jean Tredoux - 2013-09-13 09:09

    Don't bother with Season 3 please in fact don't bother with any of you reality competition shows!

      Mike Lucejko - 2013-09-13 10:34

      Jean and Wendy.. No-one is forcing you to watch, go watch ANN7 there's plenty of adverts there !! I was a professional Chef and Head Chef for 35 years and I really enjoyed the Competition !! Considering all the participants are amateurs I think all the 'Top ten' were really good and the top three did an amazing job.. Really well done to the winner Kamini!!

      Jean Tredoux - 2013-09-13 10:51

      You are absolutely right just too bad I'm paying for quality TV and if DSTV and Mnet cannot provide a honest and good competition show then rather not air it... Don't know what's your point with the professional chef but congratulations on that, 35 years is a long time, I cannot cook to save my life but I enjoyed the show until the judges decided to play their cards strategically and not honestly... So strange when Idols was rigged there was a big hoohaa and now that Mnet allowed it again it kinda puts you off any SA shows!

      Mike Lucejko - 2013-09-13 11:32

      Jean! I'm inclined to agree with you that the Judges can become a little bias, but that's to be expected when there are only three of them (they can't help having their own preference) You need a panel of at least 7 for personal preferences to be negated, but then things get complicated.. My point about being a Professional Chef.. I know from experience how difficult it can be to replicate a dish that is unique to one Chef, he has spent a long time perfecting that dish and the contestants get one chance !! That's difficult !!

      Jean Tredoux - 2013-09-13 11:56

      Yes Mike and when you fail to get that dish right then you must go, it is simple as that, favorite or not, that is why they call it masterchef, gritty meringue, watery jelly, and incomplete dish shouldn't get you that title !! Maybe they should get a larger panel of judges I don't know but next year when we have another MS SA what will stop the judges from rewarding it one of their little friends that's not nearly as good as the other contestants... I will not deny the show is excellent but judges / producers is screwing up these shows. That's why most don't get the point here, not her fault she won but the she didn't deserve it.

      Gunner ZN - 2013-09-13 12:43

      Well done Kamini.Best overall .contestant.Ignore the haters..

      Lady Love - 2013-09-13 13:28

      Jean- why are you behaving like a drama queen. If u don't want to watch another season then DON'T. Simple huh?

  • Carina Meyer - 2013-09-13 09:29

    Ozzi should have been in the final! The judges changed their tune regarding the presentation of the food in the final. All of the sudden it did not matter that her jelly was water, and the ice cream did not had the texture it was supposed to have and the éclair was pale instead off the darker colour that it was supposed to have. Not in one pressure cook competition she was involved with, did she manage to complete the task correctly. She should not have been in the top 4. Jason was also a much better cook than she was. He went home because his source was not thick enough. Liandri deserved to be in the final, together with either Jason or Ozzi!

      Jean Tredoux - 2013-09-13 09:39

      Totally agree, best part is Carina everyone thinks we are sore losers (quoted from yesterday) but the majority liked Kamini cos she's cute, humble, nice and has charisma but she wasn't a good cook at all and the fact that she was in the bottom in the last 3-4 episodes kinda proves it, she never delivered, fair is fair and giving the prize money just cos she was already in the food industry isn't a good enough reason at all. Never in my life have I seen such a openly rigged show!

  • Rhania Cassim - 2013-09-13 09:31

    Why not ask the question as to why she was allowed to enter the competition when she had done cooking classes before? The rules clearly states that you should have had no training before. She was also friends with one of the judges. I would love to know how they gonna explain this away.

      Suraya Dherman - 2013-09-25 16:00

      whatever dude.....its done and dusted and she was good from the with it!

  • Thami Mthethwa - 2013-09-13 09:52

    Jean and Carina do you know what else is important about food? it is the taste...have you guys actually tasted the food she cooked vs other contestants? I would venture out and say no you have not tasted it so please keep your jealous rage to yourselves.

      Rhania Cassim - 2013-09-13 10:15

      At this point its got nothing to do with the taste of the food, it about how was she allowed to enter in the first place having gone for cooking lessons and being friends with a judge.

  • Famida Nana - 2013-09-13 09:54

    Even the prize seems rigged. After offering a restaurant to Deena in season 1 now she gets to follow her individual food dream with money, cos she has no intention of opening her own restaurant. How convenient if u look at the entire scenario. Seems like she was made to enter just to win. Somewhat like keeping the money in the family.

  • Ravina Udit - 2013-09-13 10:38

    Well done Kamini!! Enjoy your prize!!!

  • Dalene Nel - 2013-09-13 10:47

    Congratz to Kamini, BUT LEANDRI was the real winner and everyone knows she deserved it more! She will always be the one we have the fondest memories of...

  • Shuman - 2013-09-13 10:48

    I love this about us Suid Afrikaners... we can rapp with each other on every issue. Just love it. I think thats what makes us a rainbow nation. We love to poke at each other and have a good laugh thereafter. We better than any other fricken nation in the whole wide world. Love be a SA. With all the crap, I still love it. Keep up the bantering. makes better reading

  • Pops Johnson - 2013-09-13 11:12

    During the course of the series, quality and presentation were and are key to making it to the finals. Yet in the finals they seemed to change their tune with regards to watery jelly and ice cream with no texture, to name a few things. So the real winner is....? If there is a Season 3, I won't be watching it or any SA reality productions.

  • Leon Smith - 2013-09-13 11:54

    What ever 15 minutes have pass already

  • Diane Ruth - 2013-09-13 14:21

    Here's my theory as a fan of the final 3: the show wasn't rigged for Kamini to win, the show was rigged so that the three ladies would be the final 3. The producers essentially cast the top 3, this manipulation happens in most reality shows, it's just normally not so blatantly obvious. Both the top 5 and top 4 elimination challenges were dessert challenges which no doubt favoured the sisters. I don't think the producers expected Kamini to battle as much as she did because she had been the strongest cook up until that point. There was also one elimination early on where I was convinced Seline was heading home, but she was a lot more believable than Ozzy's and Jason's elimination but it still seemed a little dodge to me at the time. So there's my wild theory :) Well done to Kamini though, I think she won the final fair and square, even though I was rooting for Leandri. I can't wait for MC Australia, where at least they understand the art of subtlety.

  • Stephen Michael - 2013-09-13 15:03

    I liked Kamini for the win from the get go, however the show was so openly rigged through the last few episodes that it was obvious for everyone to see that Kamini was not the deserved winner. Won't be watching again.

  • Bobby Bottletop - 2013-09-14 07:32

    I have to LOL at all the pathetic conspiracy theorists, haters & nay sayers that seem to know everything thats going on.... You morons make me LOL. You're more entertaining than the show! People, the show is, what it is. If you don't like it, go watch something else. Simple. As for Kamini, you go girl! You weren't my favourite, but you did real good. Enjoy your prizes!

  • Trots Afrikaans - 2013-09-14 16:41

    Leandri- you were the clear winner. Such a shame it was CLEARLY rigged by the judges for Kamini to win. Will not watch MC again.

      Michelle Strange - 2013-09-17 11:41


  • Noel Pillay - 2014-02-19 21:06

    Well done kamini don't bother with the racist

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