Pile of dough for SA’S Masterchef
THE INGREDIENTS are all in the mix as the search for SA’S own Masterchef begins and the winner could pocket the biggest pay cheque yet on SA television.
There are prizes worth R8 million, said M-net’s Ingrid Engelbrecht. The winner gets R250 000, a Hyundai Elantra, an allexpenses paid trip to Italy, professional cooking and wine courses, and the chance to manage and run the Mondovino restaurant at Montecasino.
The Masterchef television cooking show started in Britain in 1990 and has spread to more than 25 countries. M-net will screen the show in March.
The success of Masterchef Australia among M-net viewers had been a huge motivating factor in deciding on a local show.
“Masterchef SA will provide the platform for passionate amateur cooks to realise their life’s dream of becoming a professional chef,” said Engelbrecht.
Last weekend the first leg of the auditions was held at Montecasino in Joburg and about 4 000 people turned up.
“It was a good turnout from the people in Joburg. We saw a lot of exciting dishes and some creative ones, the quality of food was impressive.”
Today the auditions take place in Cape Town at Southern Sun’s Cullinan Hotel and next weekend Durban’s Suncoast Casino will host the Kwazulu-natal round.
“We will be expecting a fantastic turnout since Cape Town is the culinary food capital of South Africa, and they boast some of the best restaurants in the country,” said Engelbrecht.
Enthusiasts are asked to submit their applications at www.mnet.co.za, although they do not have to apply online.
For the auditions, no cooked food will be allowed – strictly cold food is to be served. Food prepared by contestants is to be presented on a plain white plate and must be suitably chilled. Plastic containers are allowed, but not glass.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in disqualification.
The competition judges will be announced next month, but for the auditions there is a panel of 25 food critics from the SA Chef Association.