How old must I be to enter?
Entrants must be 18 or older ON THE DAY they enter their audition.
Can anyone enter?
Yes, anyone over 18 who is a South African citizen or resident. You must have a green South African ID book to enter.
Can we enter as a team/couple?
Where will auditions be held?
Auditions will be held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on the following dates, at the following venues:
JOHANNESBURG: Saturday, 3 December at Montecasino
CAPE TOWN: Saturday, 10 December at Southern Sun The Cullinan
DURBAN: Saturday, 17 December at the Suncoast Casino
How do I enter?
You can enter online here. Once you submit your entry form, you will receive an sms and email notification to confirm our receipt of your entry form. You will be contacted again by the middle of November to receive your audition date, venue, time and food specifications for your audition. Alternatively you can complete an entry form inYOU, Huisgenoot or Drum magazines and follow the instructions indicated in the magazine.
How does the selection process work?
Your cold dish will be presented to a qualified Judge, who will taste and score your creation. There are certain requirements for the dish as stipulated below:
Who are the judges?
All preliminary judges for Day 1 of auditions are SACA certified professionals, but will remain anonymous. The judges on the show are yet to be announced.
How long will the audition take?
You need to be able to make yourself available for the entire day, since we cannot predict exactly how long queues will be, but the actual auditioning process will take a few hours. Contestants must also be able to make themselves available for call-back auditions the next day. The MasterChef SA team has tried where possible to ensure that all auditions take place over a weekend.
Where can I get more info?
Follow the MasterChef SA links on this website.
How will I know if I am a contestant?
An interviewer especially appointed by the production team will call you. But you will only hear from us if you are invited to an audition. Unsuccessful contestants will not be contacted.
How do you choose the contestants?
When choosing contestants for MasterChef SA the following aspects will be taken into account: culinary skill, enthusiasm, drive, love of food, desire to change your life. This decision is made by the producers of the show, with the help of culinary experts, and their decision is final.
I am vegan/vegetarian/Jewish/Muslim/Hindu, am I still able to enter?
As with MasterChef all over the world, MasterChef SA aims to truly reflect the cultures, regions and diverse communities of South Africa, and to involve all aspects of the country’s cuisine in making the show.
While we respect all the varying cultures, religions and traditions that make South Africa such a diverse country, it is not possible to produce the show within the strict culinary boundaries prescribed by all cultures and belief systems. In order to have an all-encompassing and representative production, contestants will therefore at times be required to prepare dishes that include among others: pork, meat, shellfish, nuts and alcohol.
I have done a cooking course, can I still enter?
All MasterChef SA contestants must be amateur cooks. If you have previous professional or semi-professional kitchen experience that the producers think could give you an unfair advantage you will not be allowed to enter. This is entirely at the producer’s discretion.
Do I have to quit my job?
Successful contestants will need to be available to leave their daily commitments to compete for 3 months at the beginning of 2012. (January – March 2012 – exact dates to be confirmed.)
I worked as a waiter can I still enter?
As long as you have not worked full-time in a kitchen as a cook, chef or in food preparation you can still enter.
I teach a cooking course, can I still enter?
You cannot have taught cooking classes or have done cooking demonstrations or food preparation in any capacity be it casual, part time, full time or contract in the last 15 years.
What prizes does the winner of MasterChef SA receive?
The full prize package of MasterChef SA will be announced at a later date.
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