MasterChef South Africa Shoots At Nederburg
MasterChef South Africa is promising one of the most beautiful settings for its debut series with the high-profile Nederburg winery the star venue of the first SA season of the reality cooking show.
“This could well be the loveliest venue ever chosen for a MasterChef series anywhere in the world. We wanted to shoot in the Winelands because Cape vineyards are immediately recognisable to local and international viewers as distinctly South African. The Western Cape is also the culinary capital of South Africa and has great access to fresh produce. We obviously also wanted good weather and the Cape summer offers a very favourable climate. Nederburg was able to provide everything we were looking for.”
Anne Davis, M-Net Senior Commissioning Editor
Set against the dramatic Drakenstein Mountains, the Nederburg winery has revamped its world-renowned Johann Graue Auction Hall, the annual venue for the equally famous Nederburg Auction, equipping it as the kitchen for the show that will be broadcast weekly over 18 weeks.
The 1 000 m² venue will be where most of the show’s action will take place but it is also close enough to any off-site challenges in which the contestants will be involved, according to the organisers.
The auction hall has undergone an extensive overhaul. There are over 20 cooking stations equipped with state-of-the-art appliances and utensils. To create the floor and the walls, over 15 tonnes of wood was sourced locally, while 5 kilometres of under floor cabling have been used and the garden around the area have been landscaped.
Unfortunately the end result is being kept tightly under wraps until the shows’ launch on MNet on 20 March.
Davis said the MasterChef set would be closed to the public until production of the series was concluded in March.
Nederburg, established in 1791, is South Africa’s most awarded winery and the official wine sponsor of MasterChef South Africa. Its prize to South Africa’s first MasterChef will include a customised sommelier course, one-on-one master classes in wine presented by Nederburg’s internationally acclaimed cellar master Razvan Macici, and a year’s supply of Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Wines.