MasterChef SA filming at Nederburg

2012-02-07 15:19
Cape Town – MasterChef South Africa is currently being filmed at the Nederburg wine estate and the famous Nederburg Winery in Paarl, it has been revealed.

The world-famous Johann Graue Auction Hall, which is the annual venue of the Nederburg Auction, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art kitchen where reality contestants are battling it out to win the top prize.

The 1000m² venue has over 20 cooking stations equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and utensils. To create the floor and walls, over 15 tons of wood was sourced locally, while 5km of under-floor cabling has been used.

Distinctly South African

The Nederburg estate's gardens also got spruced up and landscaped by M-Net to look good for the show.

"We wanted to shoot in the Winelands because Cape vineyards are immediately recognisable to local and international viewers as distinctly South African," says Anne Davis, M-Net's senior commissioning editor of MasterChef South Africa.

"The Western Cape is also the culinary capital of South Africa and has great access to fresh produce," she added.

Visitors to the estate are kept away so as not to disturb the production.
The first season of the cooking reality competition is set to premiere on the pay TV channel on March 20 and will run for 18 weeks.


  • John - 2012-02-07 15:33

    I hope they haven't got Mansfield as the host. His ego will try to overshadow the contestants.

      wayne.beetge - 2012-02-07 19:29

      at least Jeremy would make it an interesting show

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-07 15:34

    I so hope it will be as good or better than the Australian version, was SO disspapointed with US version, that was more about ratings than the love of food - Gary and George were so passionate about teaching to cook, Ramsey just wanted to see how many times he could say f*** in one sentance.

      Bianca - 2012-02-08 10:49

      The US version really was a disappointment!!! Why do the Americans always have to try to one up everybody else??? The only jdge saying or doing anything was Gordon, the other two were like puppets, just there for show... The Australian one is much better and I agree, Gary and George were great!!!

      davidmarctaylor - 2012-02-08 20:36

      I think the problem with the US version was that the USA public are the 'fast food' generation. If it's too drawn out, they lose interest. Disappointing that I didn't even see on Master Class on the US version. Hope South Africa models on the Aussie version, and that the choice of judges is based on their love of food, and not their ability to create sensation.

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