Celebrity Chef, Reuben Riffel will appear as a permanent Judge on the third Season of the MasterChef South Africa. He will be joining Benny Masekwameng and Pete Goffe-Wood as he takes over duties from Chef Andrew Atkinson.
Andrew Atkinson accepted an offer at the end of 2013 to fill the full-time position of Executive Chef for a hotel group in Johannesburg and could no longer commit himself to the filming of the third series.
Reuben Riffel began his career as chef in his home town Franschhoek. After traveling abroad he started his flagship restaurant Reuben’s in Franschhoek. A few years later he opened the second restaurant at The Robertson Small Hotel in Robertson. This was followed by Reuben’s at the One&Only at the V & A Waterfront.
In addition to his successful restaurant portfolio, Reuben was Chef of the Year, Reuben’s in Franschhoek was Restaurant of the Year in the Eat Out Awards of 2004 and ranked South Africa’s Top 10 restaurant for three consecutive years. He is also the author of 3 best-selling cookbooks. His latest cookbook, Braai – Reuben on Fire was launched at the end of last year.
Masterchef Auditions took place in Cape Town on 22 February at Southern Sun The Cullinan.