They taste so good

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MasterChef SA

M-Net, Thurs­day, 7.30pm

Our food shows are all the rage. Lit­tle sur­prise then that shows like MasterChef SA re­turn for sec­ond or third help­ings.

The first sea­son of MasterChef SA was nom­i­nated for an In­ter­na­tional Emmy and Come Dine with Me SA is one of the top five shows watched in Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries.

It’s the char­ac­ters we have in this coun­try and our var­ied palates that make us at­trac­tive. From the culi­nary de­lights of French-in­fused haute cui­sine of the Fran­schhoek Val­ley to the mopani worms of Tza­neen, there is so much to taste.

This sea­son brings a new judge with chef Reuben Rif­fel, who joins Benny Masek­wa­meng and Pete Goffe-Wood. The pro­duc­ers also prom­ise a few celebrity ap­pear­ances.

The heat in the kitchen in­ten­si­fies from the first episode in the gru­elling Boot Camp, where hope­fuls have to se­cure a spot in the MasterChef kitchen.

This sea­son, the con­tes­tants in­clude a 73-year-old grand­mother and 21-year-old univer­sity grad­u­ates. Among the 36 can­di­dates in Boot Camp are

a med­i­cal doc­tor and a train driver’s as­sis­tant. Like pre­vi­ous sea­sons, there is also a sur­prise ex­otic lo­ca­tion where con­tes­tants will jet off to and bat­tle for the next round.

In the first year, it was the fish mar­kets of Zanz­ibar. Last year, they cooked in the moun­tains of Ad­dis Ababa to cater for long-dis­tance Ethiopian run­ners.

Pre­vi­ous win­ner Deena Naidoo still runs Aarya, his res­tau­rant at Mon­te­casino, Joburg. Sea­son two win­ner Kamini Pather is film­ing her own TV show for a DStv chan­nel.

– Les­ley Mofokeng

PHOTO: IVAN NAUDE

FEAR­SOME THREE­SOME From left: MasterChef SA judges Benny Masek­wa­meng, Reuben Rif­fel and Pete Goffe-Wood

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