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August 21, 2013

Capetonians keep it cooking with Tsogo Sun’s MasterChef SA Mystery Box

The Tsogo Sun hotel group is running a delicious MasterChef SA Mystery Box promotion. Here celebrity chef and judge Benny Masekwameng is seen with Mark Bhiza. Image courtesy of KL PR&Events

What’s in the box?

That was the burning question on everyone’s lips as Cape Town’s top foodie bloggers and media wondered aloud at what was in Tsogo Sun’s MasterChef SA Mystery Box at The Southern Sun Waterfront hotel on Wednesday 14 August, 2013.

Each week, Tsogo Sun's exciting Mystery Box promotion gives diners the opportunity to experience the flavours, textures, ingredients and flair as seen on local TV show, MasterChef SA. A mystery box is on display at the entrances to selected Tsogo Sun hotel restaurants every Monday to Friday until 11 September, 2013 and its ingredients change on a weekly basis.

The hotel chef is then challenged to cook a meal using the ingredients, which diners will critique like a MasterChef judge.

That's what's in the #MasterChef Mystery Box ... yummy! Photo by Fazielah Williams

Arriving at the dinner on Wednesday, my fellow foodies and I are were intrigued by the seemingly innocent looking loin, carrots, potatos and asparagus, wondering just what celebrity chef and MasterChef SA judge, Benny Masekwameng and Executive Chef, Martin Chetty would create with them.

We needn’t have worried ... not only did our creative cooks whip up a delectable main dish of pan fried loin accompanied by fondant potato, carrot mousse and asparagus spears but they surpassed all expectations with the mouth-wateringly tasty pistachio and chocolate fondant served with honeycomb ice cream and a tuille biscuit for dessert.

The Mystery Box ingredients cooked! Pan seared lamb loin with carrot mousse and asparagus. Photo by Fazielah Williams

Dessert at Tsogo Sun #MasterChef dinner ... pitstachio and chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice cream. Heaven on a plate! Photo by Fazielah Williams

Our delicious four course meal was paired with Nederburg wine by Tsogo Sun Regional Sommelier, Georgio Meletiou.  

As a special treat, one of the finalists in MasterChef season 2, Capetonian Kamini Pather, attended the dinner too.

John van Rooyen (Tsogo Sun Operations Director), Benny Masekwameng, Kamini Pather, Richard Weilers (Tsogo Sun MD – Offshore), Jeff Rosenberg (GM Southern Sun Waterfront) at the Mystery Box dinner. Photo courtesy of KL PR & Events

So how does the Mystery Box promotion work?

- Book your table: Make your reservation for lunch or dinner at one of the Mother City’s participating Tsogo Sun hotels, Southern Sun Waterfront, Southern Sun The Cullinan and The Southern Sun Cape Sun.

- Make a choice: You can either stick to the safe a la carte items or be brave and choose the Mystery Box. Remember, each mystery box contains eight ingredients, some seasonal and some unusual, which will challenge the creativity, skill and versatility of Tsogo Sun’s chefs. They will use the contents of the box to create a special main course dish to be paired with a Nederburg wine. 

- Channel your inner Pete or Benny: When you select the mystery box, you also get to be a judge for the evening, and will be given a fun scorecard to judge the dish. 

- You have to be in to win it: One lucky diner will win five nights of luxury at the Beverly Hills hotel in Umhlanga, with dinner, bed and breakfast for two, as well as a dinner prepared by Benny Masekwameng so don’t forget to complete the entry form on your score card.

“It’s your chance to become a MasterChef judge for the evening and to put our talented chefs to the test,” says Graham Wood, Managing Director of Tsogo Sun – hotels about the Mystery Box promotion.

For more information, go to www.tsogosun.com, join facebook.com/tsogosun or follow Tsogo Sun @tsogosun #MCSA

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