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MasterChef South Africa: Episode 16

The guest judge from MasterChef UK got the juices flowing in this episode.

Hats off to MasterChef South Africa, they managed to bag the Michel Roux Jnr! The extremely famous and well-loved MasterChef UK judge and chef from the famed ‘Le Gavroche’ in London.

“I come from a long line of butter and cream loving French chefs”, he said to the wide-eyed last 5. “Cook from your heart and believe what you’re putting on your plate, then you’ll be a champion”.

Master Class from the man himself – A signature dish from his restaurant – Artichoke hearts stuffed with pink chicken livers and wrapped in a light chicken mousse with truffles, served with a truffle reduction sauce.

He demonstrated his dish with flair and then dropped the bomb… they were to recreate his dish but to ALSO cook a chicken ballontine to accompany his dish ie: to make a delicate stuffed chicken dish that goes with his dish – no recipe.

A huge task to complete in 2 hours.

The biggest challenge is to create a dish that really works together and balances in flavour with Michel’s beautiful and delicate and rich truffle dish.

Chef Michel fixed them with his scary eyes and said, “I want perfection”.

No stress folks!

Sarel took a huge risk and stuffed his ballontine with peppadews. Chef Michel had never tasted them, being indigenous to SA, but they were way too strong and didn’t balance with the earthy truffles.

Sue-Ann did well, and he was impressed with her stuffed artichokes. Her stuffing of cream cheese leaked out however so her ballontine tanked.

Manisha did a good job on Michel’s artichokes but also tanked on the stuffing of her ballontine.

Deena wowed them all with his stunning ballontine, a beautiful dish all around stuffed with sausage and pistachios. Well done Deena!

Poor Llungile, she is a fantastic cook but this was her downfall, her stuffing was too thin and her ballontine suffered terribly.

Llungile goes home! There were tears from all and she will be missed…



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