M-Net has resurrected the cooking reality competition series MasterChef South Africa with a fourth season, which will air on M-Net (DStv 101) from February 2022 as “comfort food television” amid the continuing global Covid-19 pandemic. Homebrew, a Cape Town-based production company, is taking over the production of MasterChef South Africa from Quizzical Pictures for the new 4th season, which will be filmed in Cape Town, most likely at Atlantic Studios in Milnerton during October and November.
MasterChef SA will be filmed as a Covid-19 safe “bubble production,” with candidates from all over South Africa being required to isolate before filming begins in Cape Town and for the duration of their involvement in the competition. M-Net’s decision to renew MasterChef SA for a fourth season comes on the heels of the network’s decision to renew the similarly themed My Kitchen Rules South Africa for a third season.
MasterChef South Africa was shown on M-Net for three seasons until May 2015, including a celebrity edition at the Nederburg wine estate in Paarl, Western Cape, before the test kitchen was disassembled and the South African version cancelled.
When asked why M-Net decided to bring back MasterChef SA by commissioning a new season of the show within the “comfort food” genre, Terja Beney, M-Net commissioning editor, said it was to create a sense of community among DStv subscribers who are feeling isolated at home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The judges for the new MasterChef SA are yet to be announced, but there will be 20 episodes airing four times per week from Monday to Thursday, beginning February 28, 2022, at 18:00. M-Net is currently looking for 20 cooking contestants who can apply on the M-Net website until September 8 and must be available for filming in October 2022. The winner will receive US$67,341,50.
Banijay Rights represents the MasterChef format and finished programs internationally. In addition, MasterChef SA will be live-streamed on the DStv app and DStv Catch for DStv Premium subscribers.