Benny Masekwameng, Executive Chef at Southern Sun, MondoVino Restaurant,
has been chosen as one of three judges for the renowned MasterChef SA reality television programme. Southern Sun Hotels recently played a part in redefining reality television competition partnership to a complete different level, one we have not seen in South Africa before. The winner of MasterChef SA will receive the ‘right of use’ of the Southern Sun, MondoVino Restaurant
(valued at R7million) on the Piazza at Montecasino for a period of two years.
Truly a South African homegrown treasure, Benny was lured into the art of preparing and cooking food by his mother, who supplied meals to construction workers in Alexandra Township as an additional income. Benny believes it is this early start in his mom’s kitchen that set him off on his impressive culinary journey. After graduating in Catering Management at the Natal Technikon, Benny held various positions throughout South Africa and joined Southern Sun Hotels in 2006.
Benny revels in the opportunity to represent Southern Sun and South African cuisine at international food festivals and is especially excited about the opportunity to be a judge on MasterChef SA. "I'm so privileged to be chosen as a judge. Now perhaps I can pass along the opportunities and direction I received in my career and hopefully inspire others with the story of my journey", says Benny.
“At Southern Sun we focus on attracting the highest quality personnel in the industry. Our critical assets are our people and the reputation they continue to build. With an increasing emphasis on the ability to be unique in the culinary creativity and food innovation sphere, it is a source of great pride to Southern Sun that Benny has been chosen as a MasterChef SA judge and we look forward to following his television debut,” says Graham Wood, Managing Director at Southern Sun Hotels.
Southern Sun is wholly owned by Tsogo Sun Holdings (TSH), one of South Africa's leading hotel, gaming and entertainment groups. Tsogo Sun Holdings currently comprises Southern Sun and Tsogo Sun Gaming.