The MasterChef SA Kitchen is getting hotter and hotter, and sadly three more contestants were eliminated in the past week.
During the past week a guest chef and a guest baker came to visit, and new challenges were set to the Kitchen Cook contestants.
As a background, here is a summary of each of the original twenty contestants:
A summary of this week’s four episodes:
#. Episode 9: This was a sweet episode, despite it being an Elimination episode, focusing on honey as an ingredient. In the last minute the contestants had to add honeycomb to their dish, made from the honey. Shawn made a savoury sweet crumpet fish dish. Luyanda made a seafood trout bisque. Tasnim worked with Bokkoms, making a Mousse. Didi added leeks to her dish. Tasnim had to leave the MasterChef kitchen. She thanked the MasterChef SA team for making it such a Halaal-friendly kitchen. Judge Chef Gregory Czarnecki advised that honey is a good emulsifier, enabling one to make one’s mayonnaise with it, without using eggs or mustard.
#. Episode 10: This was an important challenge, in that the tenth contestant was eliminated in it, leaving the MasterChef SA Top 10 in the kitchen. Abalone was the delicacy that had to be prepared by the contestants. Chef Callan Austin from Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic mentioned Chef Darren Badenhorst of Le Coin Français in Franschhoek as his mentor, and introduced this expensive sustainable South African Abalone seafood. Each of the contestants were given a Masterclass, with a taste of it, were shown how to clean it, how to take the flesh out of the shell, trimming the excess off, and how to cut it in thin slices. Sims made an Abalone Ceviche. Didi, Shawn, and Dr Harri were called to step forward. It was Didi who had to leave the kitchen.
#. Episode 11: A relay team challenge was to prepare Judge Chef Gregory Czarnecki’s take on the tomato, and its versatility. His dish was described by contestants as elegant, containing thyme and oregano, and exciting. Sims was the Blue team leader, and Tarryn the Red team leader. Instructions had to be given to the next team member at each relay change in only one minute. The Red team won the Challenge and won immunity for Episode 12. The only criticism was that the skin of the tomatoes had not been removed in the dessert. The Blue Team’s main course was praised for its presentation and flavour. The dessert was not praised, being too sweet and grainy.
#. Episode 12: Baking was the focus of this episode, Marie-Louise Guy and her brother Callie Maritz walking in with cake masterpieces. The challenge was introduced on a piece of paper, a three tier cake, each contestant receiving a recipe and instructions. Only at the end of the challenge did the contestants see the cake prepared by Mari-Louise, true blind baking. She described it as home-baking with beautiful finishes. Individualism in cake baking and decoration was encouraged. Luyanda said that if one can read, one can bake. There were a number of decorating disasters. Onti and Tembisa had to step forward. Onti was eliminated.