Sea­son 1 SABC2 (*192) 19:00 Re­al­ity

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 16 AUGUST -

Test, make and serve – that’s the drill for the stu­dent chefs who’re com­pet­ing on Reuben Rif­fel’s re­al­ity cook­ing show PROEfes­sioneel (2017-cur­rent). They’re fight­ing for the grand prize of get­ting to work in a world-class kitchen but that doesn’t mean they’re per­fect all of the time. Surely a plate or two have gone fly­ing while film­ing? Cre­ator Ben Baden­horst gives us a se­cret taste…

1 It took Ben six months to go from idea to pro­duc­tion – and he had Reuben in mind from the start.

2 Ben ex­plains that “we chose to have Reuben as our host and pre­sen­ter be­cause not only is he one of the coun­try’s top chefs, he be­lieves in what we’re do­ing: in­vest­ing our knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in the youth”.

3 The 13-episode first sea­son is still be­ing filmed! They tape all of the episodes in Ben’s stu­dio in Stel­len­bosch in the Western Cape.

4 Each episode – just 24 min­utes long – takes an en­tire day to film thanks to the dif­fer­ent cam­era an­gles and the prepa­ra­tion time.

5 And don’t think that the in­gre­di­ents have been ly­ing around in a store­room. Reuben sources ev­ery­thing on the morn­ing of film­ing.

6 The big­gest stress hasn’t been plat­ing the food though. Ben says that “get­ting every­one’s sched­ules to line up is crazy! And we have ten guest chefs who help with the judg­ing”.

7 PROEfes­sioneel (“Taste Pro­fes­sional”) wasn’t the first-choice ti­tle. “We had Uitk­lop­kos, On­st­pan and Eet En Drink Met Reuben,” says Ben.

8 And the big­gest disas­ter to date was a mi­crowaved potato that caught alight and Ben laughs that “the en­tire stu­dio was full of smoke”.

PROEfes­sioneel host and pre­sen­ter chef Reuben Rif­fel. Ben Baden­horst.

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