The hit international franchise, MasterChef, continues its popular run on Watch with the return of MasterChef South Africa, weeknights from Monday 11th May at 7pm. The series caused a stir in South Africa when aired there because domestic worker Siphokazi Mdlankomo landed a spot in the kitchen. Debuting to rave reviews viewers were happy to see a domestic worker in the limelight, as household staff rarely feature on TV. In each episode contestants battle it out for the coveted title of South Africa's next MasterChef. From thousands of hopefuls, the grand finale sees the final two take on three challenges with the support of guest judge, Michelin-starred chef, Marco Pierre White.
Throughout the season viewers will be treated to the best of South Africa's cuisine. This includes dishes using famous South African products such as Mrs Balls chutney, Oros orange squash, Peck's anchovette, Ouma rusks and Melrose cheese wedges.
Episode one - Monday 11th May, 7pm
The 36 bootcamp finalists, who made it through the first round of auditions, join the judges on the harbour to cook a special dish of one of South Africa's sustainable fish species: angelfish. By the end of this challenging day only 25 contestants will advance to the next phase of bootcamp and a final chance to win a place in the MasterChef kitchen.
Episode two - Tuesday 12th May, 7pm
Out of all the thousands of amateur chefs who turned up to audition for MasterChef South Africa, season three, only 25 remain to go into the second phase of bootcamp. Their challenge is an Invention Test featuring all the very best South African produce. At stake is one of only 12 places in the MasterChef Kitchen on the Nederburg wine estate near Paarl.
Episode three - Wednesday 13th May 7pm
The top 12 finalists finally arrive at their home for the next few weeks, the impressive MasterChef Kitchen on the Nederburg wine estate near Paarl. Here they battle it out for the title of South Africa's next MasterChef. They are thrown right into the deep end with their first Mystery Box Challenge themed around iconic South African products paired with the equally iconic Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Pinotage. The winner of this extraordinary challenge gets an extraordinary reward: a lunch at world famous Irish chef, Kevin Thornton's restaurant in Dublin, Ireland.
Episode four - Thursday 14th May, 7pm
With the winner of the first Mystery Box Challenge on the way to Ireland for an exclusive sit-down with Irish chef Kevin Thornton, three of the top 12 gather in the MasterChef kitchen for the first Pressure Test of the season. And the pressure is on, as they have to perfectly recreate Chef Reuben Riffel's famous pan roasted duck breast dish with roasted beets, grilled spring onions, and toasted garlic and cashew nut crème. By the end of this challenge one of the top 12 will have to hang up their apron.
Episode five - Friday 15th May, 7pm
The remaining top 11 this week compete in a unique Invention Test: figuring out a mouth-watering MasterChef-level dessert using carrots as the star ingredient.
Watch is also home to MasterChef Australia, MasterChef New Zealand, MasterChef Ireland and MasterChef Canada.
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