Double Elimination Shocker As MacDonald Maepa Satikge And Nikara Ramdial Bid The Taste Master Farewell

Double Elimination Shocker As MacDonald Maepa Satikge And Nikara Ramdial Bid The Taste Master Farewell
Double Elimination Shocker As MacDonald Maepa Satikge And Nikara Ramdial Bid The Taste Master Farewell

We’ve reached the halfway mark of the debut season of The Taste Master and the third episode saw SABC 3 and Stella Artois continuing their quest to finding South Africa’s next foodie sensation.

This week, the remaining six contestants were paired up into three teams and visited the Nedbank Golf Challenge where they had to face their harshest critics yet – the public. The teams were tasked with hosting a VIP experience for 10 people at the Stella Artois café held Sun City during the popular sporting event. The teams were asked to create a one-of-a-king culinary experience for their guests which included a live cooking element and were graded on menu development, taste, presentation, hosting and overall experience. Guest judge and curator of the Stella Artois café as well as the owner of The Local Grill in Parktown North, Steve Maresch, guided the contestants during the task and inspired them to give their very best in what is certainly a stressful situation.

Alex Torrão and Imtiyaaz Hart scored top marks for their starter of a flatbread two ways which showcased both of their heritages, their delicious and flavourful seafood paella as their main course and their unique spin on a Piña Colada as their dessert. Their warmth, hospitality and delicious flavours all complimented each other perfect and ultimately saw them win over their VIP guests.

However, MacDonald Maepa Satikge and Nikara Ramdial stumbled when it came to their serving which ultimately cost them their spot in the series. The duo prepared a calamari salad for their starters, a shisa nyama consisting of boerewors, sticky ribs and butter chicken wings served with a three-bean salad, a potato salad and grilled vegetables on a skewer as their main meal and a summer trifle for. While the guests enjoyed the variety of flavours of the starter and the dessert, it was their main meal that let them down.

While their time on the competition has come to an end, both MacDonald and Nikara have grown a lot during their time on The Taste Master. “This experience has taught me to never give up on my dreams,” MacDonald says. Nikara adds that “The main thing that I am taking away is growth. I’ve grown a lot as a person and as a cook and this has been an amazing experience.”

 

Judge Zola Nene says that she’s sad to see the duo leave the competition and that seeing two amazing chefs going home is a reminder of just how tough this competition is. “I’ve watched you both grow during this competition and you’re both wonderful cooks and wonderful people,” Zola says. “The two of you must never stop cooking. You guys are taste masters and your future is bright.”

 

Next week, the contestants meet South Africa’s top Chefs at the annual Eat Out Awards and are given one of their most challenging tasks yet.

 

Catch The Taste Master every Tuesday at 19h30 on SABC 3. For more information, visit www.thetastemaster.co.za.