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Chopped South Africa: why you are going to love it!

SA’s version of the popular reality cooking show is about to hit our screens.


Cape Town - 16 July 2014

We are one week away from viewing the first episode of Chopped South Africa, the new cooking reality series on the Food Network DSTV Channel 175. The show follows the same format of the international show which many of you may be familiar with.

How it works

Each episode will feature 4 trained chefs – each tasked with  creating a 3-course meal. The catch? They are given mystery ingredients to work with and have to cook against the clock! 20 minutes for the starter, 30 mins for the main course and 30mins for the dessert.

After each course, the chefs appear at the Chopping Block – where their dishes are scrutinised by 3 expert judges. The chef with the worst dish gets… yes, you guessed it – ‘Chopped’ from the competition. This happens until there is one chef left. He/she walks away with a hefty sum of R40 000.


Every episode features different chefs from various areas of the industry – bringing a nice balance and mix of skills and expertise. Expect some characters who will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. It’s fast-paced, cut-throat, and the stakes are high!


Jenny Morris, also known as The Giggling Gourmet, is one of SA’s most loved and trusted celebrity chefs. She brings her vivacious flair to the show while being a stern but fair judge. Follow her on Twitter @JennyMorrisChef .

David van Staden is the Group Executive Chef for Tsogo Sun. He is responsible for developing the high-end skills of the groups’ chefs as well as creating more innovative food and beverage experiences for its guests. He is still a stickler to adhering to the basics and in the show viewers will get to see how important this is in any kitchen.

Siba Mtongana is known for her own Food Network show called Siba’s Table. She specialises in recipe development, food writing and food styling, and has won 3 prestigious Galliova Awards for food journalism. She is also a patron for Foodbank South Africa.

Lindsay Venn is the Executive Chef at the renowned Tsogo Sun, The Cullinan Hotel. He loves what he does best which is cooking, entertaining and adding lots of spice to life.  He enjoys experimenting with old and new flavour combinations which makes him an experienced judge for a competition like Chopped.

Rebecca Hurst is the Director of The Hurst Campus, a hospitality school in the Cape Winelands.  A brilliant educator and self-taught entrepreneur, she has integrated her two great passions - food and education - to become a leader of industry.

Why you will love Chopped South Africa

The challenging ingredients in the mystery basket will inspire you to come up with more creative and innovative dishes in your own kitchen.  The show has a simple, straightforward concept and every episode is a stand-alone. So you don’t need to watch them in succession like other reality cooking shows, to see who is still in the competition and who has been knocked out.

Lastly, it features our own home-grown chefs and highlights aspects of our wonderful cuisine. In other words, it’s Proudly South African. Mooi so!

Catch Chopped South Africa on DSTV 175 at 9pm on Wednesday 23 July. A new episode will air each Wednesday at 9pm thereafter.

Follow us on Twitter @Food24 and @ChoppedSA for juicy updates and news on each week's episode!

What is your favourite reality cooking show?


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