MasterChef Season 4 rolls out a completely new set of Judges!



MasterChef Season 4 is starting on 28 February, and slowly M-Net is revealing details about its new series.

Now the station has announced its three brand new judges, possibly a disappointment for many who loved the tough Chef Pete Goffe-Wood, the charming Chef Benny Masekwameng, and the grey-shoes grey-suit Chef Reuben Robertsons  Riffel.

Last month I shared the first details of the new Series. Now we know the names of the three judges, and that the winner will receive a R1 million prize and the MasterChef title. 

MasterChef SA to make a 4th Season comeback after a six year absence!


The three judges for MasterChef Season 4 are the following, details taken from the Series’
Facebook Page:

#.  # #Celebrated chef, food stylist, and award-winning author Zola Nene’s professional journey with food started in 2007 when she enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. She has since gone on to great success within the food industry and in television. Nene has authored two hugely popular cookbooks – 2017’s Simply Delicious and 2018’s Simply Zola. The effervescent Nene was also part of the judging panel for The Great South African Bake Off on BBC Lifestyle (DStv Channel 174) in 2017.

#.  Born in France to parents who were gourmands, Gregory Czarnecki was destined to end up in the rich world of food. Head chef at The Restaurant at Waterkloof, he won the coveted Chef of the Year award from Eat Out in 2016. He served as a mentor for the prestigious S. Pellegrino Young Chef competition in Africa and the Middle East, and his French heritage is carried intelligently and creatively in his food. Sadly Chef Greg closed Waterkloof Restaurant just over a year ago, a victim of the Covid Lockdown. He has been very low-key ever since, his new chef/restaurant home not known.

#.  A legend in the South African culinary world, Justine Drake is the launch editor of the award-winning Fresh Living magazine. Having worked in food media since 1988, she has authored five cookbooks. She is also an experienced TV host and during the pandemic, she started hosting Just Cook at Home SA with Justine Drake on YouTube. Fresh Living is the in-house Pick n Pay magazine, which makes sense as Pick n Pay is the main sponsor of Season 4.

With their varied experience and viewpoints, the judges will inject freshness to the new season of MasterChef SA, with Czarnecki bringing the perspective of an international chef and Nene and Drake being the local experts’.

Further details about Season 4 are revealed:

#. More female than male judges are an international MasterChrf trend : ‘On having two women on the MasterChef SA panel, Dave De Bie, Format Consultant at Banijay, the content producers who own the rights to the show, MasterChef judges: “We are focused on improving the gender balance in MasterChef judges worldwide. Over the last couple of years, we have increased the number of female judges and this is something we are continuing to improve upon. Out of 37 active markets, 26 now have female judges. We are delighted that MasterChef SA joins the likes of Israel, Norway, and Brazil with two female experts on their panel.”

#.  The number of contestants and venue for Season 4:  ‘The first edition of MasterChef SA since 2014, season 4 of the hit show will see 20 contestants battle it out over 20 episodes at the V&A Waterfront’s Makers Landing. The new season will air from Mondays to Thursdays, with the finale airing on Thursday 31 March 2022 at 18:00. South Africa’s best home cooks will face their toughest challenges yet in what will be a life-changing journey for many, and for the one who is ultimately crowned South Africa’s MasterChef!’

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