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Shock as Khaya Silingile leaves the MasterChef SA kitchen

It was another sad day in the MasterChef SA kitchen as it said goodbye to Khaya Silingile

Its getting tougher and tougher, each week we lose someone who we have grown quite fond of, last week it was Ilse Fourie and this week Khaya Silingile.

She has kept us well and truly entertained throughout her time on the show, constantly surprising us with her culinary ability.
She only really stepped up into the limelight in episode nine of the competition when she stormed the Bastille, winning the episode with her Chicken Ballotine recipe and taking everyone by surprise.

Khaya then wowed the celebrity guests with her Chocolate Fondant in episode eleven to wrap up another challenge victory and in episode thirteen cranked it up on the juicing machine after telling everyone that she was pregnant.

masterchef-sa-ep-13-khaya-silingile-juiceKhaya Silingile may have left the MasterChef SA kitchen but this is how she will always be remembered by Gourmet Guys

After losing the team challenge to Manisha Naidu and the Blue Team, Khaya faced up to the elimination pressure test along with Deena Naidoo and Sarel Loots.

They were tasked with recreating one of Andrew Atkinson’s Olympic creations, a brioche encrusted Springbok loin with an asparagus tower filled with a mushroom and leek ragu, a duo-coloured pasta parcel filled with a ricotta and spinach filling, served with a rooibos tea infused Béarnaise sauce and a peppadew salsa, all of  which won a Silver Medal at the 1995 Culinary Olympics.

A dish that Andrew claims took four years to perfect, they only has two hours.

Khaya was not quite able to manage this to the judges high standards, her salsa was not cooked in the oven for long enough, her Bernaise sauce had split, the pasta was too thick and despite the fact the her meat was perfectly cooked it was not enough to redeem her dish.

Deena Naidoo had not fared too well either but as we have all learnt, someone must leave and the judges decision is final.

Khaya said, ““I’ve had a great experience here at MasterChef.”

“I could never trade it for anything in the world.”

“There were a lot of highs and very few lows.”

“It has changed me as a person: it has taught me patience, something that my man will be very happy about. No-one can take that away from me.”

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