Brent Owens: Ex­treme, Au­then­tic & Un­wrapped

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Aussie ex­ca­va­tion worker Brent Owens swapped mud for flour in 2014 when the 27-year-old won sea­son 6 of re­al­ity cook­ing show MasterChef Aus­tralia (2009-cur­rent). He’s back on the smallscreen, this time with his own cook­ing show Brent Owens: Ex­treme, Au­then­tic & Un­wrapped (2016-cur­rent). And sea­son 1 has a lo­cal flavour – Brent filmed it right here in South Africa.

“When I won the [MasterChef] com­pe­ti­tion, it broad­ened my hori­zons,” Brent ex­plains. “It gave me a taste of ex­treme ad­ven­ture. To see the world only fu­elled the fire for me of me want­ing to do more, see more and eat so much more. And that’s when I chose to ex­plore the world’s dif­fer­ent flavours.” And he specif­i­cally chose SA be­cause “it has a lot to of­fer. It’s got au­then­tic, ex­treme and cul­tur­ally rich cuisines”. What sets Brent apart from the other for­eign food­ies is that he isn’t in­ter­ested in fine din­ing and tourist hot-spots. In­stead, he wants to eat, drink and cook along­side the lo­cals in the coun­try­side, cities and ru­ral ar­eas. Plus, he goes on ad­ven­tures like hik­ing, shark cage div­ing and sand-board­ing down dunes.

The 13 episodes in­clude doc­cie-type mov­ing footage that adds to the show’s raw-and-real feel and the cam­era crew pop into fo­cus ev­ery now and again too. But it isn’t all sun­shine and roses – Brent’s got his hands full fac­ing his fear of heights, over-en­thu­si­as­tic os­triches and be­ing away from home. Plus, he’s giv­ing back to com­mu­ni­ties he vis­its in SA by vol­un­teer­ing at a soup kitchen for chil­dren. “It was a great ad­ven­tures,” he says. “I learnt a lot about South Africa and it’s peo­ple – and I ate good food. A lot of good food!”.

Aussie chef Brent Owens is tack­ling food, Mzansi style.

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