#IdolsSA, MasterChef SA return

M-Net continues to bring you more reality TV in 2014. The channel announced yesterday that it will once again be bringing viewers new seasons of the hit shows, Idols and MasterChef. Do you think you have what it takes to be a singing sensation or the food world’s biggest legend just waiting to be discovered? Well then, best you take note of the following audition dates:

·         Saturday, 15 February in Durban at Suncoast Casino, or
·         Saturday, 22 February in Cape Town at Southern Sun The Cullinan, or
·         Saturday, 1 March in Johannesburg at The Pivot Conference Centre (at Southern Sun Montecasino).

Click on the link for details on how to prepare for your audition www.mnet.co.za/masterchefsa and search for the MasterChef SA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). Note you must be over 18 and someone who has not cooked professionally.

·         Saturday, 15 February – Johannesburg – Carnival City
·         Saturday, 22 February – Durban – Playhouse Theatre
·         Sunday, 9 March – Cape Town – GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
·         Saturday, 22 March – Pretoria – State Theatre

For more info on #IdolSA go to www.mnet.co.za/idolssa.

Videos from the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards

I was lucky enough to attend the annual Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards in Cape Town at the weekend. The awards honour the biggest names and restaurants in the food business and so you can imagine the festive and delicious the awards were this year. MasterChef SA’s Kamini Pather was there, as were Food Network stars, Jenny Morris and Siba Mtongana. kykNET’s Tracey Lange, surfer girl Roxy Louw and a whole bunch of other famous faces were also there to be apart of the festivities. The event was a full 7 hours and for someone working, it was pretty heavy going but it was a treat nonetheless. Here are two videos I produced from the event:

And here are a few interviews and sound bytes with the winners:

Have you eaten at some of SA’s top restaurants? Which one do you enjoy the most?

Delicious Festival in pictures

The first Delicious Food & Music Festival kicked off at the Blue Hills Equestrian Estate in Johannesburg at the weekend. The festival, presented by DStv, played host to some of the biggest names in the cooking and music industries. You’ll see them in the pics above 🙂 Great day out and hopefully the first of many to come.

Kamini wins MasterChef SA

Kamini Pather

In case you missed it, Kamini Pather walked off with the title of MasterChef SA last night. The 29-year-old food blogger and radio personality from Cape Town beat out Leandri van der Wat and the other contestants to win the big prize… or should I say prizes. R400 000.00 in cash, a massive voucher from Woolworths, a new Golf7 courtesy of VW, a holiday to the Seychelles and a nice little hamper from Nederburg. Not too shabby huh?

A lot of people said it was predictable and a few others weren’t very happy with her winning, but bottom line is the judges thought she was slightly ahead of Leandri and therefore worthy of a win. Your thoughts?

Either way, I think both of them did really well and regardless of whether Leandri won or not, we haven’t seen the last of her. In fact, I was chatting to a few of the other contestants last night and they’re all doing very well for themselves. Sanet has opened a cooking school and she’s doing a lot of corporate cooking demos. Neil has opened his own consultancy firm, which I will tell you more about soon and the others have offers on the table that they can’t say too much about just yet… the famous celebrity statement 🙂 So it shows how big a platform like this is. Big up to them all.

I’m going to be interviewing Kamini in a bit, so if you have any questions, holler and I’ll try and squeeze them in.