MasterChef SA's Jade: Cooking is fun

2012-03-30 10:08
Jana Breytenbach
Cape Town – People got to know her as the Afrikaans girl with the strange accent, but Jade de Waal is an Afrikaner through and through.

The 21-year-old young woman from Cape Town has an infectious personality. From MasterChef SA's first episode, people noticed her and remember her because of her special accent.

She ascribes it (her accent) to the wide variety of friends she has.

This week, De Waal made it through to the third episode of the popular reality series currently being broadcast on M-Net.

'A fun process'

"One of my friends encouraged me to enter, and I thought: Why not?"

She is currently a second year music student at the University of Cape Town, but believes that food is her other great passion in life.

"I didn't want to go to a cooking school after high school. I wanted to learn to cook the hard way."

De Waal has started a project, Food Jams, where she invites friends to prepare meals at her home in Gardens while listening to music and documenting it.

"I write the recipes and buy the ingredients. My friends will then divide into small groups and prepare the dishes together."

At the end of the evening they all sit at a table and enjoy each other's food.

"I want people to realise that they can actually cook and that it can be a fun process."

Music and food

Her big dream is to combine music and food. British chef Jamie Oliver's project, 15, is also one of her dreams that she thinks will work very well in Cape Town.

Oliver took 15 young people who were going through a tough time under his wing and trained them. Once they complete the course, they can apply for work as chefs.

To see what De Waal will cook next, watch MasterChef SA on M-Net and M-Net HD on Tuesdays at 19:30.

The programme repeats on Wednesday's at 07:30 and 17:00, and is available on DStv On Demand.