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Deena Naidoo makes history as South Africa’s first MasterChef SA Winner!

In a closely contested final Deena Naidoo walks away with the title of MasterChef SA.

It has been a long and arduous journey for Deena Naidoo but he has persevered and triumphed to become the first MasterChef SA winner and walk away not only with the big prize but a place in South African culinary folklore too.

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Deena-Naidoo-MasterChef-SA-WinnerDeena Naidoo dropped to his knees when he heard the news that he was South Africa’s first MasterChef


After three fiercly fought rounds that involved a Mystery Box, an Invention Test and a Pressure Test in which they had to re-create a magnificent de constructed Milk Tart, Deena Naidoo came out on top after winning two of the three rounds.

The man from Durban has had many highs, lows and narrow escapes on the show but has never failed to entertain.

He was the nations favourite, coming out top in the GGS MasterChef SA Poll and it would appear that when it comes to culinary matters South Africans know what they are talking about.


Deena Naidoo’s MasterChef SA Journey


Deena was a very emotional and humble man saying “There are moments in life that are undescribable, moments that you don’t have words for but feel it in your heart”.

“This is one of those moments.”

“I am South Africa’s first MasterChef!”.

He had some kind words for Sue-Ann Allen too, “You are an amazing person, I could not have picked a better person to find myself in the finals with out of the 9 000 contestants”.

“If you had won today I would have celebrated it as much as much as I celebrate my win because I know how much you wanted it, maybe more than I did”.


deena-naidoo-masterchef-sa-winner-pete-goffe-woodDeena Naidoo thanks Pete Goffe-Wood for all his honesty during the course of MasterChef SA


As the MasterChef SA Winner, Deena Naidoo walks away with a prize worth in excess of R8 million, the biggest reality prize in South African television history.

The prizes include:

R250 000 in cash from MasterChef South Africa’s headline sponsor, Robertsons.

A Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GLS, valued at over R190 000.

An all-expenses paid 7 day culinary experience in Italy courtesy of official food sponsor, Woolworths, including flights, accommodation and an Italian cookery course.

From the official wine sponsor, Nederburg: A customised sommelier course developed for the winner by the South African Sommelier Association, using Nederburg wines to demonstrate wine and food pairing; one-on-one masterclasses presented by Nederburg’s award-winning cellarmaster, Razvan Macici; and a year’s supply of Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Wines.

And in a coup for the series, (although it is yet to be seen if the Deena will want it) the MondoVino restaurant at Southern Sun’s Montecasino!

Next up is the much anticipated Ultimate Braai Master which if MasterChef SA is anything to go by will be a massive success.

Gourmet Guys will be there every step of the way.


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