Masterchef breakfast meltdown

After more tears and breakdowns, episode 4 reveals the Top 16.

20 Jun 2013
Masterchef Episode 4

In last night’s episode of MasterChef SA, the remaining 25 contestants arrived at the Nirox Art Foundation set in The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site to their own gas Weber and cooking station set up along the banks of the river.  All looking slightly bewildered, the judges revealed the challenge: Create a breakfast dish that reflected the inspiration they took from their surroundings in the beautiful gardens. 

25-year-old Seline from Mahikeng was less than thrilled.  “I don’t like breakfast.  I don’t eat breakfast.  I don’t cook breakfast,” she revealed to the cameras.  Although many of the remaining 25 looked thrilled, judge Benny warned that if they were planning to serve scrambled eggs on toast, it better be the best scrambled eggs on toast the 3 judges have ever tasted. 

Cape Town food blogger Kamini felt the pressure, exclaiming “Panic at the disco!” before joining the rush to the pantry to collect her choice of ingredients.

The contestants were given 60 minutes to plate a tasty breakfast that would impress the judges enough to make it through to the top 16.  They each fired up their gas braais and got hard at work.

22-year-old Jason from Cape Town was looking very pleased as he secured a pack of trout, and the 19-year-old student Khumo was instantly drawn to a snoek and apricot jam which she thought would make the perfect flavour combination.

The first break-down of the day came from Zane (35), a carpenter from Durban.  After reaching his work station with a basketful of ingredients, inspiration failed him and he went completely blank.  But Zane wasn’t the only casualty, when, over at his work station, Sherwyn had decided to attempt a breakfast soufflé but struggled to control the temperature of the Weber.

Drawing inspiration from the beautiful gardens turned out easy for some, but for others the pressure was just too much, as was revealed during the tastings.  The knack of creating food that tastes and looks just as good failed 9 of the contestants, and one by one, apron’s were taken off and handed in.

To see the names of the Top 16 amateur cooks who are going through to the Masterchef kitchen, go to the Masterchef website

Who’s your favourite in the Top 16?

For more information and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, visit the official website at and follow MasterChef South Africa on Twitter at @MasterChef_SA and on Facebook at


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