Margot Janse, from Le Quartier Francais was the guest chef this week. Firstly the top 3 Masterchef contestants went to the award winning Franschhoek restaurant and got the opportunity to try 3 dishes off the tasting menu. Thereafter they were asked to chose one dish and replicate it in the Masterchef kitchen.
A beetroot sponge , cucumber and dill granita with a sprinkle of buchu served with a labné of buttermilk was the first dish followed by quail breast with a liquorice glaze, grilled pocini and baby and a puree of onion and liquorice root. The final dish was a beautiful dessert of pear and baobab parfait, salted mango gel, pistachio crumble and caramelised honey and mango jelly.
Sue-Ann chose the beetroot, Manisha chose the quail and Deena the dessert. They had 90 minutes to replicate Margot’s amazing dishes.
All three contestants did extremely well considering the time as well as the detail that went into all three dishes.
Comments from Margot and the chef’s were as follows. Sue-Ann’s beetroot under seasoned, Manisha’s dish overall was under seasoned, not presented well plus the fennel was to stringy and Deena’s parfait was to dense.
At the end of the day the judges decided that it was time for Manisha to hand over her apron. She truly was a star in the show and all the fans here wish her a successful and prosperous future.
Good luck Manisha!!
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