MasterChef SA stars suffer brutal chop

2012-03-28 07:40
Cape Town - "They are getting rid of the dead wood."

This is how Food24 editor Caro de Waal describes the second episode of M-Net's latest reality series, MasterChef SA.

The Top 50 contestants were put through various cooking challenges which included chopping their way through three tons of onions, whisking egg whites and making a potato the star of their dish.

Former model Ilse Nel won the egg whisking challenge.

After each challenge, contestants were given the chop before the final 25 were revealed.

"Tastes like dirty dishwater"

The judges spared no feelings with their criticisms.

Pete Goffe-Wood told one contestant her soup tasted like "dirty dishwater", while another was told his dish looked and tasted "like a 4-year-old made it".

However, judge Andrew Atkinson received some criticism for his demeanour.

"Awful shouting and cringe-worthy staring from him the whole time," said de Waal.

5FM DJ Rob Vember also tweeted: "WHY IS THAT JUDGE SHOUTING!?"

Only 18 contestants will make it to the MasterChef SA kitchen at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl, Western Cape. According to the show's publicist, Ingrid Engelbrecht, these contestants will be revealed at the end of episode three.

MasterChef SA airs on M-Net (101) and on M-Net HD (170) on Tuesdays at 19:30.


  • The-third - 2012-03-28 07:57

    uhm. jawellnofine. I don't get the hype but then that's just me.

      Arthur - 2012-03-28 08:53

      Andrew is the pits and is not meant to be on TV. He is such a irritation and he makes me cringe every time he opens his mouth. As for Pete, he would be better suited to star on a Star Wars movie as Jabba the Huts body double!

  • DSBennie - 2012-03-28 07:57

    Compared to the Aussie version the SA version is a joke, not even worth watching

      lungelo.yili - 2012-03-28 08:26

      i take it you haven't watched it then?

      justin.pretorius - 2012-03-28 08:40

      I agree, lacklustre

      brad.dew1 - 2012-03-28 08:41

      the SA probuction makes me cringe compared to Aussie show !

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-03-28 08:04

    Hope this show improves - found it to be rather amateurish. Do the contestants have to scream and shout whenever they make it through to the next round and the judges need some wardrobe advise!

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-28 08:40

      advice - advisor - English is a weird language :-)

      Dino - 2012-03-28 11:50

      Last night's show was terrible and as Gillian stated, amateurish. I'll watch the third episode, but if it doesn't improve dramatically I won't waste my time further. The judges' insults and shouting (of contestants AND judges) irritated the crap out of me as well.

  • citislicker - 2012-03-28 08:12

    The production of the show is very shoddy, viewers are not given a look at the ingredients the contestants are given to work with, and the presentation of the food at the work station is unimpressive, it would have been better to set out all the dishes on one table. A zoom in of each contestant with their dish instead of random contestants at different times. The judges have apalling table manners and as for the hygiene factor - dirty pots being dumped on the floor by contestants and no evidence that the contestants had a handbasin and soap to wash their hands before preparing food.

  • Hugh - 2012-03-28 08:38

    Low grade BS**t. Another sub standard copy of anothers rubbish. To start find judges with charisma and a believeable demeanor. This lot are self opinionated A holes.

  • Rodger - 2012-03-28 08:50

    A load of garbage should go in the bin with the left overs. Why must we in RSA always try and copy ''very badly'' at that shows which have been made well in other countries.

  • kerry.tavares - 2012-03-28 09:21

    I keep hoping that once we are down to 18 contestants and the real cooking starts it will improve but with the judges and their ridiculous "invented for TV characters" I am feeling pretty bleak about it! I am so embarrassed by their behaviour and stupid comments that I cringe while watching! Andrew and that stupid stare he seems to think is sooo intimidating,please, spare us!Pete needs to lose the stupid dishcloth he has draped around his neck! Who dresses these idiots?

  • Rick - 2012-03-28 09:35

    I'm trying to remain as positive about this as possible so what I'm offering is constructive criticism. I know that Multichoice is trying to make good TV but none of the judges seem to be trying far too hard.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-28 10:54

    Lat night was my first time watching it. Found it funny how a "food blogger" got chopped off after just the 1st task.

  • Joan - 2012-03-28 12:42

    Borrrrring. Why do we have to try and imitate successful international shows? Please just do it the real South African way - then it will be called a REALITY show - as it is now, it is an Australian WANNABE show. I will definitely not be getting hooked on this as I did the Aus version. I think we have the talent and uniqueness to bring our own SA flavour to the table (no puns intended.) Recently been watching The Wild, and am impressed by how far our local talent has come - much more believable characters than previously (although not a soapie fan, so I may be totally wrong on this point)

      Loo - 2012-03-28 15:05

      "and am impressed by how far our local talent has come" Thats exactly the problem Joan ,, I for one do not want to watch shows that are maybe starting to develop into something worth watching. I support shows that are ALREADY worth watching. It is for this reason we better stay with "other" recipes as we (South African TV reality entertainment) definitely don't have the skill yet to come up with something original.

  • Tiaan - 2012-03-28 12:45

    Let me be honest here... I think there's better judges out there!!!

  • Ron - 2012-03-28 12:48

    Actually, he said it LOOKED like dirty dishwater.

  • Tiaan - 2012-03-28 12:49

    Let's be honest...South Africa can't really compete against other Countries. Survivor USA vs Survivor SA... Biggest Loser USA vs Biggest Loser SA So You ThinK You Can Dance USA vs So You Think You Can Dance SA Masterchef USA vs Masterchef SA SA lose in every round!

      Johan - 2012-03-28 13:04

      And Idols Sa vs American Idols...

  • Loo - 2012-03-28 14:48

    Why , and oh dear .. please tell me why the judges seem to think the show is about THEM. The problem with South African reality tv is that the hosts are trying harder than the contestants to become "famous". FOR Pete's sake producers, get hosts that are actually well-known and already respected in their own right. Do NOT use wannabe hosts/judges that are themselves moonstruck by the show they are supposed to host.

  • Dawn - 2012-04-13 13:38

    Guys, they're Chefs, not actors. I love Master Chef SA. I LOVE the South African flavour. I love the disasters and the realness. All you negative people out there - stop being embarrassed to be South African. Keep it up Master Chef SA - can't wait for next Tuesday.

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