MasterChef SA cooks wine 'n dine celebs

2012-05-30 07:34
Cape Town - No one went home on MasterChef SA on Tuesday.

The jam-packed episode saw the remaining nine hopefuls prepare food and wine pairings for a table of ten - the three judges as well as seven local celebs.

Idols' Unathi Msengana, ex-Springbok Breyton Paulse, actor Desmond Dube, soccer star Ryan Botha, The Wild's Milan Murray, singer Loyiso and TV foodie Sibahle Mtungana joined the judges for the meal. 

After the nine-course meal the celebs were asked to vote for their favourite course. 27-year-old Khaya won the challenge with her chocolate fondant and berry coulis paired with the Noble Late Harvest.

Immunity vs pressure test

Her prize - a cook-off with celeb chef Reuben Riffel that could win her an immunity pin. If successful, this pin would get her out of any elimination challenge up until the final two rounds.

Although there was all-round praise for almost all of the dishes, some pairings left the guests with a bad taste in their mouths.

Deena, Jade and Thys were the bottom three contestants who would have to perform in a pressure test.  Deena, not being a wine drinker, mismatched his merlot with a tomato-based lamb curry. Jade's fillet didn't go well with her shiraz while Thys's open mushroom lasagne was just too buttery.

Khaya's cook-off and the pressure test are scheduled to appear on the following episode, airing on Tuesday 5 June.

The on-air promo for the episode revealed that the pressure test would be a gruelling three-hour challenge.


The show has come under some criticism recently for the contestants' lack of skill and the interest value. However, Food24's resident chef, Caro de Waal, says her faith has been restored.

"Okay, I am impressed... at last.

"My faith has been restored and it was a kick-ass episode."

MasterChef SA airs on Tuesdays on M-Net and M-Net HD. 


  • clifton.andrews - 2012-05-30 07:49

    That Dube fool should have at least taken his cap off! No Manners.

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-05-30 08:18

    such a k*k show oz & usa juddges way better esp ramsey

      Fredster - 2012-05-30 09:02

      I think you need to read up on the quality of our judges. I think they are the best

  • Seducect - 2012-05-30 08:26

    @Christopher - I disagree compleatly with you! The SA version of Masterchef is on par with the rest of the world. Much better than the USA version which was boring & blunt. At least we get some interesting challanges!

  • anne.boyes.14 - 2012-05-30 08:30

    How is it possible Kaya won the challenge? She messed up on all her desserts and yet still won? I guess it shows that she's an excellent chef? Love her facial expressions!

  • The-third - 2012-05-30 08:47

    hehehe. "celebs". Yes. Of course.

  • Johann - 2012-05-30 08:57

    the judges not as good as in usa ,but I still think we have the best variety of chefs yet on master chef.O yes Dube it is a table were you eat remove the blarrie cap,manners....heloooooo.

  • samir.abdul1 - 2012-05-30 09:12

    For those who happened to check the BBC channel while Masterchef SA was on, the UK version of Masterchef was on too. The UK version looked very ordinary in comparison.

  • Jimmy - 2012-05-30 09:32

    lol "celebrities"

  • deonk - 2012-05-30 09:47

    cmon... UK masterchef is the most boring program on tv and the USA one was over too fast to even enjoy. I think we are on par with the Aussie one.

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