Shane Delai’s Moorish Spice Journey
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.