So it was the MasterChef South Africa season 2 finale last night. And yes I know that you shouldn’t start a sentence with ‘so’, but I’m annoyed. Kamini Pather, a clear judges favourite, won the title of ‘MasterChef’ last night, and I don’t believe that she deserved it.
I admit now that I never really liked Kamini; my favourite was Tiron Eloff, who only made it to the top 6, and was then voted off. From the very beginning of season 2, he was my favourite. Every person watching the reality show had their favourites, and what I like about MasterChef, is that even though it is an individual competition, the camaraderie built up between all of the contestants, is not something that you often see in a reality show. And yes, it’s a reality show, but a very well produced reality show. Out of all of the copied reality shows to come out of South Africa, I have been so impressed by our version of MasterChef, I even got my mom and brother to watch. MasterChef SA is the only South African reality show that I watch. But after last week’s controversial decision, that ultimately allowed Kamini into the final last night, I’m not so sure anymore.
A few episodes back, Leandri van der Wat, one of the other firm favourites, had completed an almost perfect dish. All 3 judges raved about it; it was so close to the prototype that they were truly blown away. However, when Leandri presented her food to the judges, she knew that she would automatically go into the pressure test. Why? She had not been able to get all of the ingredients onto her plate, which was a requirement of the challenge. During last week’s challenge, Kamini did almost the exact same thing, yet Mohammed (Ozzy) Osman was sent packing, resulting in Leandri going straight through to the final, and Kamini and Leandri’s sister Seline, to battle it out for the last spot. Ozzy and Seline should have been cooking off against each other to get the final spot in the finale, NOT Kamini.
I’m sure that Kamini is a very nice person. And I do not deny the fact that she can cook WELL.
But she did not deserve to be, nor should she have been in last night’s final.
Double standards annoy the crap out of me; what applies to one MUST apply to all, especially in a competition where R400,000.00, a new VW Golf 7, a 5 night holiday for 2 in the Seychelles, a R100,000.00 Woolworths shopping voucher as well as a year’s supply of wine and a full sommelier course from Nederburg are up for grabs.
At the end of the day what’s done is done, and well done to everyone who took part in the MasterChef South Africa 2nd season. But I am disappointed at how it turned out.