Masterchef SA arrives on local TV

2012-03-20 09:54
Yaƫll Malgas
Cape Town - South African TV viewers can brace themselves for a world-class version of the popular cooking show MasterChef SA, which starts on Tuesday night.

This is what M-Net spokesperson Ingrid Engelbrecht said on Tuesday.

Amateur chefs will have to prepare dishes with secret ingredients over the following 18 weeks to impress the judges.

"The first episode is the auditions and the final contestants will be announced in the fourth episode," said Engelbrecht.

'Very jealous'

M-Net didn't want to reveal how many aspiring chefs will participate in the fourth episode and only said that they're less than 20. According to Engelbrecht, viewers can look forward to drama and laugh- out-loud moments.

"The programme follows the Australian version, but there is definitely something truly South African to the food.

"Members of the production team of the Australian and British versions visited our kitchen and were very jealous," she said.

The local version was filmed at Nederburg wine estate near Paarl.


Thousands of cooks flocked to the auditions in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in hopes that their dishes will impress the judges.

"We had all kinds of people show up at the auditions - from lawyers and grandmothers to matriculants."

The aspiring chefs will compete for prizes worth about R8m. This includes cash, a car and the chance to run a restaurant in a Southern Sun hotel.

Engelbrecht said the three judges - Benny Masekwameng, Andrew Atkinson and Pete Goffe-Wood - are the perfect mix for the programme.

MasterChef SA starts tonight at 19:30 on M-Net.



  • Vernon - 2012-03-20 10:07

    They have beaten it to death with the adverts,i hope never to see a program.

  • Penny - 2012-03-20 10:20

    Jeremy Mansfield was pipped to be the show's host. Does anyone know what happened to him hosting SA Masterchef? I haven't seen him on any of the Ads.

  • Nomakhwezi Ngoma - 2012-03-20 10:30

    i loove this show, pity i wont be able to watch, no Mnet channel for me.

  • Johan - 2012-03-20 10:35

    We the viewers are taken for a ride with these reality shows. Some station somewhere will start off with something and lo and flippin behold there are untold spin off's. 1st it was big brother show's by the dozen, amazing races to/from all 4 corners of the world. Then Jamie Oliver hit the TV screens and now there are endless cooking programs. The thing is TV broadcasters must be having a field day as these reality crap programs cost a penny to produce than say a sitcom or buying the screening rights to a major sporting event.

  • Lynda - 2012-03-20 10:47

    Whoop Whoop love Masterchef

  • MissGremlin - 2012-03-20 11:48

    This will be yet another yawn fest, with one of the judges deliberately portrayed as an OTT homosexual (giant cravat and heavy framed glassed included in all his outfits), after which mnet/dstv will parade the contestants endlessly, to try and milk every single cent of royalties they can grab from said contestants. (who, in the true spirit on mnet contracts, have signed their lives and at least 40% of all income they might or ever will make while attempting to work in the food or entertainment industry.)I shall not be watching. I would rather be cutting my toe-nails.

      Olive - 2012-03-20 12:42

      I agree 100% Plus when SA try to copy popular overseas shows THEY always fall flat Don't know why but locally produced reality shows always suck, only thing they are good for is if you can't sleep watch these shows and within three minutes you'll be bored to sleep LOL I pay a lot for my subscription and must pay for this rubbish!!! I am paying a lot

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-20 15:32


  • wmagoda - 2012-03-20 12:02

    I enjoyed immensely the Australian versions, pity I will miss this local brew

  • Tracey - 2012-03-20 13:16

    May watch with long teeth and a heavy heart... someone I know, who is a brilliant chef entered with a dessert and the SO CALLED JUDGE refused to even taste.. she said it was bought. What gives her the right... well we know where this is going don't we!!

  • nicolas.v.d.merwe - 2012-03-20 15:49

    Really disheartening to see all the negative comments. If you don't like it, don't watch it, pretty simple.

  • Christo - 2012-03-22 09:48

    Very irritating are these contestants who burst into tears and become so "emotional". They must have a rule that anyone doing that is sent home immediately!If you can't take the heat then cook your hamburger at home!

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