Cape Town chef sent packing in Top Chef SA

Cape Town chef sent packing in Top Chef SA

Sous Chef at La Mouette restaurant in Sea Point Cape Town, Themba Bawuti is the fifth cheftestant to have been eliminated from SABC 3’s Top Chef South Africa. 

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Time caught up with Themba during the Elimination Challenge as he tried to recreate judge Neill Anthony’s chicken dish and honeycomb dessert.

This week the chefestants were all lulled into a false sense of security when there was a role reversal and instead of the usual Quickfire Challenge two of the judges; Neill Anthony and Lesego Semenya each cooked a delectable dish for them to enjoy. 

Neill whipped up a chicken dish that he’s previously cooked for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Sir Elton John. 

This was followed by a rustic honeycomb desert.  Lesgeo meanwhile made his Kota-inspired pie that the British High Commission named the official pie of the visiting British football fans for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

With the tables turned there was light-hearted banter in the Top Chef South Africa kitchen but that quickly changed when the Elimination Challenge was revealed. The catch was that the cheftestants now had to recreate either Neill or Lesego’s dish with no recipe and the judges deciding who would make which dish.

The guest judge, SABC 3 Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boyton-Lee told the cheftestants he likes to think of a meal as an experience as they set out to wow him, Neill, Lesego and Lorna Maseko.

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