Poor Babalwa Baartman leaves it to Brandon and follows him out the MasterChef kitchen
May 9, 2012 in MasterChef
It takes a strong stomach and plenty of character to win MasterChef SA and for Babalwa Baartman she was lacking in both. There was a moment when she could have said no to Brandon Law’s hair brained scheme to make puff pastry in an elimination round from scratch when there was perfectly good Woolies puff pastry in the pantry.
They had without knowing it secured the easiest of recipes to reproduce, a chicken pie. Ilse Fourie and Manisha Naidu were up a creek without a paddle with a Tripe (ulusu) and phutu pap recipe but somehow managed to put it all together and make Judge Benny Masekwameng a very happy man saying, “The tripe that you made blew me away, you trusted your talent” and “you turned out a lovely dish”
Thys Hattingh and Deena Naidoo faced a similar challenge with their Denningvleis recipe and did enough to stay in the competition.
It was Jade de Waal and Sue-Ann Allen (again) in the dog box with Brandon and Babalwa and it was touch and go. Sue-Ann Allen was an early favourite to challenge for the title, she looks the part, she talks the part but has been cropping up at the bottom of the rung on far too many occasions.
Babalwa Baartman is out of MasterChef because she did not say no to Brandon, she allowed someone else to pursue a risky course that could only affect her negatively.
She has not set the show alight and was not a serious challenger for the top five but she should have been able to survive for a few more episodes. Her cute smile and laugh will be missed.
Her parting words to Pete Goffe-Wood were, “thank you for everything”
She said later, “this was definitely the beginning of a food dream for me, I have never ever in my life been so consumed by food as I have been here “.