I’m looking forward to the fourth season of the SA version of MasterChef. The last local rendition of this popular competitive cooking show was in 2015, a celebrity edition, which didn’t quite cut the mustard.
This time, the new series is full of promise and reflects a diverse line-up of contestants. It was filmed under a cloak of secrecy at a new venue at the Waterfront in the Mother City. And in a first for the show, two of the three judges are female — celebrity chef Zola Nene and food magazine editor Justine Drake. They are joined by Cape Town chef Gregory Czarnecki.
In releasing the names of the contestants it came as no surprise to discover that the female entrants outnumber their male counterparts 12-8. The majority hail from Cape Town where the series was filmed.
Hmmm, does it mean that Capetonians are better cooks or was this a deliberate move to save on costs I ask? A handful of contestants come from Gauteng and only two represent KwaZulu-Natal, both from Durban, of which one is a dentist. The only Eastern Cape contestant is from Willowvale and another lone ranger is flying the flag for Mahikeng in the North West.