MasterChef SA: Two go home

2012-05-09 07:39
Cape Town - A simple chicken pie proved too challenging for Babalwa Baartman and Brandon Law who were both eliminated from the Top 13 round of MasterChef SA.

After a taste test which required each of the remaining 13 to identify 15 out of 30 ingredients in an "iconic" South African dish: carrot cake.

The eight hopefuls who fared worst would go into what judge Andrew Atkinson called "the toughest Elimination Challenge yet".

After everyone correctly identified the main ingredient (carrot) it was the walnuts which stumped a very confident Thys while Ilse and Manisha tasted sultanas - which weren't in the cake.

Offal with pap

The bottom eight were then split into four teams of two after drawing utensils. The teams were: Jade and Sue-Ann, Brandon and Babalwa, Ilse and Manisha and Deena and Thys.

Each team was given four hours to take a trip to a Cape Town restaurant and taste a trademark dish prepared by a chef at that restaurant, before heading back to the MasterChef kitchen and recreating the dish by taste alone.

Ilse and Manisha's worst fears came true when they had to taste an offal dish with pap at Eziko's in Langa.

Babalwa and Brandon, who were feeling confident in their simple dish, were first back to the kitchen and made their pastry from scratch. Turns out the original dish actually used store-bought puff pastry!

The judges blasted the pair for their pastry, which was "like biscuit" and their chicken filling was exposed after the pastry shrunk during baking.

The rest of the pack didn't fare much better.

Ilse and Manisha's pap wasn't the right consistency, after following the cooking instructions on the packet, but chef Benny Masekwameng loved their tripe. Sue-Ann found herself up for the chop again, but her waterblommetjie dish which she cooked with partner Jade, just made the grade.

But it was the B-team of Brandon and Babalwa who found themselves handing in their aprons at the end of the episode.

* MasterChef SA airs on Tuesdays on M-Net and M-Net HD at 19:30 - and repeats on Wednesdays at 17:00.


  • darryn.havenga - 2012-05-09 08:04

    This was not a fair ellimination - the only fault with the chicken pie was the top pastry - the filling was correct - however the waterblommetjie bredie - the flavours were not even infused... the worng cooking method was used - smacks of favouritism in the judges

      Carla - 2012-05-09 09:14

      Agreed. They really like Jade.

      Fredster - 2012-05-09 09:19

      I agree. That waterblommetjie dish should have taken the knock. BTW, it is Affal, not Offal

      Francis - 2012-05-09 10:40

      Offal is in fact the correct English word.

  • Jill - 2012-05-09 08:38

    I have to agree with your disappointment and I can speak from a personal point of view as a member of my family is a Chef in a 5 star boutique hotel in Jozi and he said that they would never had served the waterblommetjie bredie the way it was presented last night no infusing of flavours etc. Another point is they never use store bought pastry and the Judges should have made allowances for the fact that the contestants made their own even though it wasn't up to scratch.

      Araris - 2012-05-09 09:43

      Allowance? They were told to recreate the dish EXACTLY, and the dish used store-bought pastry. Done deal.

  • taryn.tavares - 2012-05-09 10:59

    This elimination was completely totally and utterly unfair. Furthermore they probably woudl have moaned if they used store bought pastry so they really couldn't win either way. at least parts of their dish was correct unlike the other disaster which was rubbish from start to finish. Poor poor decision making.

  • Maximus - 2012-05-09 14:29

    Wait a moment. People actually watch pathetic South African renditions of good TV shows? Hmmmm, is it not enough that SA TV is absolutely pathetic, now you want to add food to the mix? Sorry but what exactly do South Africans know about food? What a joke.

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