One Million Bucks Prize, MasterChef Is Back

The popular television taste bud teaser is back and those who can whip it have a shot at winning big bucks in the new MasterChef South Africa.

M-Net has resurrected the cooking reality competition series MasterChef South Africa for a fourth season – six years after it last aired.

The pay television channel on Thursday said it was looking for 20 cooking contestants.

The winner will receive US$67,341,50 (one million rand).

MasterChef will air on M-Net (DStv 101) from February 2022 as “comfort food television” amid the continuing global Covid-19 pandemic.

Terja Beney, M-Net commissioning editor, says bringing back Master Chef was aimed at creating a sense of community among DStv subscribers who are feeling isolated at home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Homebrew, a Cape Town-based production company, is taking over the production of MasterChef South Africa from Quizzical Pictures for the new 4th season.

It will be filmed in Cape Town, most likely at Atlantic Studios in Milnerton during October and November.

MasterChef SA will be filmed as a Covid-19 safe “bubble production”.

Candidates from all over South Africa will be required to isolate themselves before filming begins in Cape Town and for the duration of their involvement in the competition.

M-Net’s decision to renew MasterChef SA for a fourth season comes on the heels of the network’s decision to renew the similarly themed My Kitchen Rules South Africa for a third season.

MasterChef South Africa was shown on M-Net for three seasons until May 2015, including a celebrity edition at the Nederburg wine estate in Paarl, Western Cape, before the test kitchen was disassembled and the South African version cancelled.

The judges for the new MasterChef SA are yet to be announced, but there will be 20 episodes airing four times per week from Monday to Thursday, beginning February 28, 2022, at 18:00.

In addition, MasterChef SA will be live-streamed on the DStv app and DStv Catch for DStv Premium subscribers.

Interested persons can apply on the M-Net website until September 8 and must be available for filming in October 2022.

Banijay Rights is representing the MasterChef format and finished programs internationally.