Chopped South Africa – Premieres on Food Network, DStv Channel 175 Wednesday, 23 July at 9pm
CAPE TOWN – Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Food Network, the 24/7 food entertainment channel on DStv Channel 175 today announced that Chopped South Africa, a local version of hit international show Chopped, will premiere on Wednesday, 23 July at 9pm, with one new episode each Wednesday thereafter.
Chopped South Africa (10 x 60’) is a Food Network commission and follows the same format as the internationally acclaimed series. Each episode will feature four chefs tasked with turning a selection of everyday ingredients into “chopped” until the last person standing claims victory, with a cash prize of R40,000.
In each round, the chefs go head-to-head bringing only their knives and experiences to the cooking stations, where their mystery baskets await. These baskets are filled with unexpected ingredients and combinations, and all of the selected ‘mystery items’ must be incorporated into each round. With only seconds to plan their creation, the chefs race against the clock to create a dish that will impress the judges with taste, creativity and presentation.
Sitting behind the Chopping Block is a panel of three expert judges waiting to be wowed by the dishes they are presented with. Never shy to share their culinary criticism, and geared to zone in on the slightest mishap, they decide who will survive the Chopping Block and who will be chopped.
Chopped South Africa is presented by TV presenter and entrepreneur Denvor Phokaners, and the three judges are; South African food celebrities Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana and David Van Staden. Guest judges are Lindsay Venn and Rebecca Hurst.
Nick Thorogood, SVP Content and Marketing at Scripps EMEA, says “Chopped South Africa meets the needs of the local and passionate foodie scene. ‘Chopped’ is the most highly rated and popular series on Food Network in South Africa, and this new local commission will give more than 40 home-grown chefs the chance to compete for victory in South Africa’s very own Chopped kitchen.”
The production company is Snelco Prod with Executive Producer, Susan Nell in association with Ukhamba Communications. The series is directed by Eugene Naidoo.
The production of Chopped South Africa follows closely on the heels of the success of Food Network local commissions Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera, Siba’s Table and Reza’s African Kitchen.