Celeb MasterChef

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 9 AUGUST -

Sea­son 10 BBC Life­style (*174) 20:00 Re­al­ity

MasterChef UK (2005-present) judge John Torode is no stranger to Bri­tish and Aus­tralian foodie crowds. The 51year-old Aussie na­tive has been with the re­al­ity fran­chise since episode 1 and he has seen and tasted it all when it comes to kitchen hits and misses. We chat­ted to the chef-turned-pre­sen­ter when he was in SA ear­lier this year and got some tips on the perfect roast…

Pro­fes­sional chefs of­ten like sim­ple dishes. [Laughs] I’ve been ex­per­i­ment­ing in the kitchen since I was 16 and I’ve worked with more in­gre­di­ents than I can name. But when I’m at home and with my fam­ily, there is noth­ing more de­li­cious then a sim­ple roast chicken. How do you make a “sim­ple” roast chicken? Sea­son the chicken in­side and out with salt and pep­per. Add crème fraîche (soured cream) and a cut le­mon in the cav­ity. Then, and a lot of peo­ple don’t do this, rub the chicken with oil and place on the roast­ing dish breast up. Half­way through, drain the crème fraîche and add your veg­gies – con­tinue roast­ing un­til done. See? Sim­ple! Have you ever not been able to taste a dish on MasterChef? No, not at all. And that is the beauty of it. I like food and I can stom­ach most foods, re­gard­less of what in­gre­di­ents are in the dish. And what have you been up to be­tween the sea­sons of MasterChef? I filmed a 10-part series about my tour to South Korea – it was an ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­ney. I was dropped into a world that I knew very lit­tle about and I learnt a huge amount and not just about food. Each hour­long episode is based on a theme, be it a sea­son of the year or an in­gre­di­ent. I cooked along­side peo­ple, had dishes pre­pared for me and even got to try a cou­ple of new recipes.

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