MasterChef SA Season 2 is the talk of the country, and we have another 5 weeks of viewing to look forward to. To warm things up a little, we have launched two competitions, the first being a prediction of who will win MasterChef SA in episode 26.
We are also running a weekly prize for the correct prediction of who our readers think will be chopped out of the MasterChef SA. For the correct prediction of who will leave MasterChef SA in episode 16 on 31 July, Cheyne’s in Hout Bay has generously offered a R400 dinner voucher for two persons for the correct prediction.
Capetonians can enjoy Chef Cheyne Morrisby’s Australasian-infused South African cuisine at his new restaurant on the Main Road in Hout Bay. Chef Cheyne is hands-on in the kitchen, yet makes time to greet each table. He previously worked at Blues, and a planned one year job in London became an eleven year one, working at the Conran Group restaurants. In this time he cooked for Kate Moss, Kylie Mynogue, and Robbie Williams. He traveled to the East, including Thailand and Indonesia, and his cooking style is that of the Pacific Rim. He loves their cooking methods, their simple approach to ingredients, and keeping food simple, fresh, clean; and uncomplicated. They use base flavours to give food a good foundation. He decided to return to Cape Town with his family, wanting them to ‘feel’ Africa, and also wanting to give back to his home country. He owned Cheyne’s in the city centre, and then moved to the Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz, before reopening Cheyne’s in Hout Bay.
The menu is changed monthly, and carries an introduction by Chef Cheyne, describing his approach to cuisine: ‘I am passionate about influences and unique flavours from the Pan Asian/Pacific Rim region that stretches across South East Asia, Japan, Singapore, to Australia and New Zealand. I hope that you enjoy the food journey‘. There are about six starter and main course options, and three dessert choices. Everything sounds special yet unusual, one not finding the combination of ingredients offered by Cheyne’s elsewhere on a local menu. On the starter list there is crispy Crayfish tempura, miso, garlic chive wonton, and sauce shumai; Roasted rice cakes, Red Dragon sauce, toasted sesame, and coconut flakes; Beef Tataki, miso, mirin and English mustard, and Tempura onion crown; Pork belly ssam, crisp baby gem leaves, Chinese mustard and XO sauce; Keralan spiced squid, green chilli puree, red kimchi and coconut jelly; and sticky duck, pear noodles, star anise and ginger glaze. All starters range from R40 – R55.
Chef Cheyne’s speciality is pork belly, and it was tender and filling, topped with the most delicious crackling, served with an unusual corn and cumin purée, Fuji apple tempura, coconut dumplings, and soy and maple sauce. Other main courses, none costing more than R95, are 48 hour Beef Short Rib, confit fingerling potatoes, braised daikon with a dashi reduction; Malaysian Laksa, grilled linefish and tiger prawns, warm cucumber noodles, and nori dust; Ramen noodles with Korean BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, spring onion, and poached egg; and Ramen noodles with white sesame and ginger chicken, prawn dumpling, and poached egg. The dessert list is short and sweet, each item costing R45: Fried apple pie, kaya paste, sticky miso, sour cream ice cream; white chocolate and toasted sesame semi freddo, with banana tempura; and a delectable pear cinnamon and ginger tarte tatin with tamarind ice cream. The winelist contains two brands per major wine varietals, and almost all are available per bottle and by the glass. Corkage is charged at R30 per bottle.
For an overview of what is lying ahead for the rest of Season 2 read here. For behind the scenes information on the filming of Season 2 in January read here. For an overview of episode 1 of Season 2 read here. For an overview of episode 2 of Season 2 read here, for episode 3 read here, for episode 4 here, episode 5 here, episode 6 here, episode 7, episode 8, episode 9, and episode 10, episode 11, episode 12, episode 13 and episode 14 read here. Enter our competitions, to predict the Finalist who will be eliminated in the next Pressure Test, and which Finalist will win MasterChef SA Season 2.
Post your prediction of which one/two of the 10 Finalists will be chopped out of MasterChef SA Season 2 on Wednesday in episode 16 as a Comment to this blogpost. Closing time for entries is Tuesday 30 July at 19h30, at the start of episode 15. The winner will be contacted immediately after episode 16 ends. There will be a weekly Restaurant Voucher prize draw per episode for the correct prediction of who will be chopped out of MasterChef SA in a specific episode. If there is no correct prediction, the prize rolls over to the following week. Only one entry per person is allowed per week. The predictions will only be revealed shortly before episode 16, but only those received just prior to the start of episode 15 are eligible. The judges are likely to eliminate two Finalists per week, given that there are only five eliminations left.
POSTSCRIPT 1/8: Carlene is the lucky winner of the R 400 restaurant voucher at Cheyne’s in Hout Bay.
POSTSCRIPT 18/9: Carlene van der Heiden sent this e-mail and a link to her blogpost about her prize dinner at Cheyne’s: ‘Terribly sorry that it took me so long to email you about my amazing prize, dinner at Cheyne’s! I wrote a blog about it, which is on my blog http://openatab.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/culinary-experience-at-cheynes/, however it is very much my style of writing so if you want something a little more official then let me know and I can edit it a bit to suit your blog. Thanks again, I really enjoyed myself! 🙂 Regards, Carlene‘
Cheyne’s, 1 Pam Arlene Place, Main Road, Hout Bay (near Caltex garage). Cell 079 067 4919. Twitter:@Cheyne_Reaction. Open Thursday – Sunday Lunch, Tuesday – Saturday Dinner in winter.
MasterChef SA Season 2. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 19h30 – 20h30. www.masterchefsa.dstv.co Twitter: @MasterChef_SA.
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