Live The MasterChef Experience with Tsogo Sun

Kamini and Benny
Kamini and Benny

On Wed, 14 August, The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel hosted a Mystery Box Dinner with Tsogo Sun celebrity chef and MasterChef SA judge, Benny Masekwameng……..

One of the finalists in MasterChef season 2, the lovely Kamini Pather, also attended. Other guests included myself, Herman Gibbs (sports writer), Ishay Govender (food writer), Food24 etc.  We enjoyed a scrumptious four-course meal prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Martin Chetty, with Nederburg wine pairings by Tsogo Sun Regional Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou.

Tsogo Sun’s exciting Mystery Box promotion is giving diners the opportunity to experience the flavours, textures, ingredients and flair seen on TV screens each week. A mystery box is on display at the entrances to selected Tsogo Sun hotel restaurants every Monday to Friday until 11 September. The mystery box ingredients change on a weekly basis.  Here’s what you need to do:

  • View the Mystery Boxes at the hotel entrance to see which ingredients will be used by the hotel chef to create the evening’s masterpiece.
  • Then order one of the mystery dishes for dinner, paired with an exquisite Nederburg wine.
  • On a fun “score card” rate the dish (creativity, flavours and presentation) while enjoying your quality dining experience.
  • Spot prizes will be awarded on MasterChef evenings, and you will be entered into the main prize draw.
Martin Chetty (Southern Sun Waterfront Executive Chef), Georgio Meletiou (Tsogo Sun Regional Sommelier), Benny Masekwameng
Martin Chetty (Southern Sun Waterfront Executive Chef), Georgio Meletiou (Tsogo Sun Regional Sommelier), Benny Masekwameng

Each mystery box contains eight ingredients, some seasonal and some unusual – challenging the creativity, skill and versatility of Tsogo Sun’s chefs, who’ll use the contents of the box to create a special main course dish to be paired with a Nederburg wine. When diners select the mystery box, they’ll also get to be a judge for the evening, and will be given a fun scorecard to judge the dish. “It’s your chance to become a MasterChef judge for the evening and to put our talented chefs to the test,” says Graham Wood, Managing Director of Tsogo Sun – hotels.

One lucky diner will win five nights of luxury at the Beverly Hills hotel in Umhlanga, with dinner, bed and breakfast for two, as well as a dinner prepared by Benny Masekwameng.

Chef Benny Masekwameng
Chef Benny Masekwameng

The Tsogo Sun hotels that feature in the MasterChef  season 2 mystery box promotions are Sandton Sun, The Palazzo Montecasino, Beverly Hills, SunCoast Towers, 54 on Bath and the Southern Sun hotels.   For my Capetonians:  It is running in three Tsogo Sun hotels in Cape Town – Southern Sun Waterfront, Southern Sun The Cullinan and The Southern Sun Cape Sun.  NOTE: There’s only few days left to take part in this promotion, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity!

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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