South Africa takes “Chopped”

Scripps Network International's Food Network in South Africa has lined up a local version of Chopped, to air in the second quarter of 2014. (Pictured: judge Siba Mtongana)
November 25, 2013

Scripps Network International’s Food Network in South Africa has lined up a local version of Chopped, to air in the second quarter of 2014.

Produced by Snelco Productions, and executive produced by Sue Nell in association with Ukhamba Communications, the 10 x 60-minute series will be carried by DStv Channel.

Each episode of Chopped South Africa will feature four chefs who must turn baskets of ingredients into a three-course meal, as the elimination format whittles the chefs down to one, who will claim a cash prize.

The local version of Chopped will be hosted by TV presenter and entrepreneur Denvor Phokaners, and judges will include food celebrities Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana (pictured above), David van Staden, Lindsay Venn, Rebecca Hurst and Reuben Riffel.

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,” said Nick Thorogood, SVP of content and marketing at Scripps EMEA, in a statement.

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