MasterChef Season 3 - Episode 2
Majestic scenes of Cape Town harbour take us into a makeshift MasterChef kitchen for the first time this season, as the remaining 25 Bootcamp contestants march in to face the next challenge. New judge Reuben Riffel welcomed the contestants and points out that they find themselves right in the heart of Cape Town harbour, from whence so much of South Africa’s fantastic produce gets shipped all over the world. Chef Benny Masekwameng recaps that in their first challenge, the contestants showed what they could do with an unusual ingredient but now he wants to see what happens when all boundaries are removed.
Joven, a management consultant from Johannesburg described the competition between the contestants as difficult when most of the contestants have such sophisticated palates. “This is an invention test,” Reuben announced, “with no limits except your imagination.” Benny explained that the contestants have 60 minutes to create a dish that will take them through into the MasterChef kitchen, but the pantry will close halfway through the challenge!
Pete unveils the fresh ingredients including free range chickens, beef, pork and a few other staple cooking ingredients. The contestants were reminded that this was their time to shine as they can’t all be accommodated in the MasterChef kitchen at Nederburg. Benny starts them off and the rush to the pantry is on! With a lot of different dish ideas being brought to fruition, the competition is rife as to who will pull the goods out the bag, and who will flop. Refilwe shared a moment with the camera: “When I didn’t have a job my mother asked me to go sell muffins by the train station. By six o clock my muffins were gone. The reason I entered MasterChef is to prove to my mother that you can have two daughters who can never be the same. Because my sister’s got a PhD but I love cooking.” Meanwhile Cape Town domestic worker Sipho (38) is also working on a stuffed chicken breast, with spinach, peppadew and feta wrapped in Parma ham.
The judges suddenly decided to throw the contestants a curveball. In the box under the cloth is a mystery ingredient – which was revealed as tomato! An ordinary ingredient that we’ve all cooked with many times, but for the people making desserts, it presented more of a challenge. Like Refilwe, who attempted an egg snow and vanilla custard with raspberry and tomato jam with no reaction from Pete and Reuben leaving her a bit nervous.
After tasting and scutinising all of the contestants concoctions, the judges went away to discuss who would make it through. And first up to hear their fate: Simphiwe, grandmother Valerie and Belinda, a nursing sister from Durban. Unfortunately, though, it’s a no for all three of them. Next to enter the room, Francois, Ian, Ndumiso, and Abigail. They all made it through. Philippa and Penny’s risks paid off as they go through. But for Joven and Nkhangwe they unfortunately don’t make it. Benny gave good news to Phila but unfortunately the news wasn’t good for Duran and Seshen but Benny kindly reminded them that there’s no reason why they can’t come back and try again, like Phila did. Sipho and Claire advance through. But for Davinia and Jozette it’s the end of the journey. Roxi and Refilwe are the only two in the next grouping and they go through. Jillianne and Mel are left but for them the set-up is a little different. They had to make one extra dish – scones. Mel made the best set of scones and was overwhelmed: “I feel like this is the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had in my life. You can definitely expect me to stay true to myself and to always do my best.” For the next episode of MasterChef South Africa, the Top 12 arrive at Nederburg and enter the MasterChef Kitchen...to face a brand new challenge.