Deena Naidoo is South Africa’s first MasterChef winner, congratulations to him!

After 18 tough weeks, he beat Sue-Ann Ellen to the post.

The  finalé consisted of three rounds: a mystery box, an invention test and a pressure test.
The mystery box revealed a selection of veggies, which the Deena and Sue-Ann had to make a starter with. Sue-Ann made beetroot and goats’ cheese samoosas with crispy fried ribbons of vegetables and a herbed mayonnaise.
Deena made a medley of vegetables: sautéed Brussels sprouts, roasted root vegetables and a parsnip purée.
For the invention test, which was the main course, Sue-Ann decided to make a poached fillet of beef with a jus and vegetables. Deena: coriander crusted lamb loin with onion and spinach bhaji and roasted potatoes.
The dessert for the pressure test: a deconstructed milk tart consisting of thin pastry layers with a base of cinnamon and apple gel and piped-out milk tart filling.

In addition to the title, Deena won R8m in prizes, including R250 000 in cash from Robertson’s, one of the show’s main sponsors, a car from Hyundai and the opportunity to run his own restaurant.

We look forward to the next MasterChef series.