Sanet Labuschagne was one of those MasterChef SA finalists that leaves an impression. Her colourful flamboyant personality is only matched by her funky purple hair. Sanet unintentionally commanded attention on the television screens as her passion for food and cooking was spilled onto our tv screens. Sanet successfully raised her family and decided she would enter MasterChef for herself, this would be her time. Sanet poured her heart and soul, and sometimes her tears, into everything she created on MasterChef. Her first big break-through was her tremendous success in the breakfast challenge.
I asked Sanet, who wears her heart on her sleeve, what she found most difficult about the MasterChef experience. I am a 47 year old mom and wife and have been married to my husband for nearly 29 years. He is my rock and being unable to have contact with him and my family was very very hard. Being unable to speak to my family before or after those emotionally draining challenges was by far the hardest part of MasterChef. She adds while I missed my family the other contestants became my support system, we became very close and they were my surrogate family while I was on the show. I still have contact with the other contestant we grew very close.
This self-confessed drama queen says she has always been a confident cook but she adds that MasterChef has taught her to be a more creative and inventive cook. Sanet fell out of the running in the meat challenge. I wanted to make something simple, but delicious, with mince.To turn that into a tasty plate of food … it can definitely go both ways. While Sanet hoped to demonstrate that good food can be made from the ingredients in a regular store cupboard her meatball on cannellini beans with spinach, mushroom and tomato sauce was not well received by the judges.
Sanet, a former financial manager, has since participating in the show aired embarked on realizing a life-long dream of having her own cookery school she which runs from her home in Boksburg. Sanet inspires those who attend her courses to not only grow in the kitchen but in their personal lives too. This is my way of making a difference in my community. I want people to realize and believe that you can change your life at any time, it doesn’t matter who you are. Below is more information about Sanets cookery school – Cooks in Action.
Forced out of her comfort zone when she left her job as financial manager, Sanet tested her own bravery making the decision to change her life at an age most people would start looking forward to, and planning, their retirement and she has not regretted it. Kindness from her community has been overwhelming and S4Auto in Boksburg sponsored a vehicle for Sanet to use, something I desperately needed. She says.
This mother of two grown children believes in teaching her children what she has learned in life; I just want them to live life with gusto. To be passionate, to live in the now and to never live with regrets. I asked her if she taught her children to cook. She laughs My daughter, an interior designer, is an excellent cook and have developed her own style. My daughter-in-law will call me up for advice and recipes, she like to cook regular meals but with her own special twist.
We wish Sanet all the best with her business and we know she will be spoiling the grandchild the family is expecting.
Contact Sanet at:
Cooks In Act!on
Or visit her at: http://cooksinaction.blogspot.com/
Additional sources and pictures: DSTV MatserChef SA