Shane De­lai’s Moor­ish Spice Jour­ney

TV Plus (South Africa) - - OCTOBER -

Sea­son 1 Travel Chan­nel (*179) 22:00 & 22:30 Life­style Episodes 5 & 6 Shane tries Moroc­can fish kefta.

How was your au­di­tion? It was good, but it took seven weeks to find out if I got the job! The wait felt even longer be­cause I was tak­ing a risk with the show. I wasn’t happy work­ing in the fi­nance sec­tor when I was 25, so I changed my ca­reer and stud­ied at a culi­nary school in Cape Town. In 2013, I started a YouTube web se­ries called Africa On A Plate, where I’d cook around Cape Town [it’s be­ing turned into a TV show but Lentswe won’t be do­ing host­ing du­ties]. About a year ago, I was do­ing a demo at a food show and the act­ing was okay, so I thought “why not?” Do you re­gret leav­ing the cor­po­rate world? Some­times I think about it, es­pe­cially when the pock­ets are empty [Laughs], but then I re­mem­ber how happy I am do­ing new things and go­ing on all of these new ad­ven­tures. What’s your role on Bake Off? I’m the glue be­tween the con­tes­tants and view­ers. I give them a shoul­der to cry on, a pat on the back and make sure that they don’t go off the rails when the pres­sure gets too much. And what do you hope The Great SA Bake Off will do for your ca­reer? I hope it helps me be­come a bet­ter pre­sen­ter and fa­cil­i­ta­tor. I hope to get more gigs like this, live gigs as well, be­cause I work well when I feed off the crowd’s en­ergy. NB! See more on p34.

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