Chef Benny Masekwameng is one of the judges on the popular MasterChef South Africa reality television series – he became an overnight sensation with his quick wit and kindly manner.
Benny comes from entrepreneurial stock; growing up in Alexandra township in Johannesburg, his mother supplemented the family’s income by preparing meals for construction workers. He believes it is the example she set that helped him find success on his chosen career path.
He graduated from what is now the Durban University of Technology with a diploma in catering management, and thereafter commenced his culinary journey, which would see him become executive chef at the then Mondo Vino restaurant at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.
He is now known as the Tsogo Sun celebrity chef and MasterChef South Africa judge and is much in demand for public appearances and TV interviews. And it must be said that with his charming manner and friendly outlook, he’s pure television gold.