Master Chef The Cookbook

Master Chef The Cookbook

Published by Human & Rousseau

Price: R358

Reviewed by: Jenny Kay

If you enjoyed watching Masterchef South Africa and want to replicate some of the amazing dishes that the contestants, judges and guests prepared, then you will enjoy this book.

I found some of the recipes to be a little “cheffy”, being long and complicated, with many steps. And example is the intricate chicken liver and truffle stuffed artichokes prepared by the incomparable Michel Roux.

But there are also recipes for really simple dishes like the spicy mango chicken prepared by Ilse (see below).

With a new season of MasterChef starting shortly, it will be interesting to compare how different the new contestants’ recipes will be to what the previous top 18 finalists did.


Serves 4

2 mangoes, juiced

5 cloves of garlic, crushed

5ml cayenne pepper

5ml ground cinnamon

5ml ground cumin

180ml coconut milk

10ml salt

7.5ml pepper

juice of 2 limes

1.8kg chicken pieces

Mix all the ingredients except the chicken together in a flat container. Add the chicken, cover and marinate for 3-5 hours.

Braai over moderate coals for 20-25 minutes or until browned and cooked through. - The Star