Kitchen. net Interviews MasterChef Finalist Tiron
Last night, 27 August 2013, Tiron Eloff was the 6th finalist to leave the MasterChef kitchen. Leandr, Jason and Tiron pitted their skills against each other and in the end it merely came down to Tiron being eliminated based on the fact that his jus had not reduced enough.
In his exit interview with MasterChef Tiron says Initially when I was eliminated I felt disappointed, but after reconsidering the toughness of MasterChef, and only leaving due to a jus not reducing, I now feel very happy with achieving what I did. Top 6 is a dream come true for me…
Tiron has every right to be proud of himself. Culinary legend and last nights guest judge, South African born, Chef Prue Leith was clearly impressed with the contestants. Leith, the master of an international culinary empire including two culinary schools, a Michelin-starred restaurant, numerous books, a television program and owner of one of the most highly regarded catering companies in Britain said If I didn’t know this was MasterChef and someone told me these meals were prepared by amateurs I would simply not have believed them.
Early this morning we set up a telephonic interview with Tiron who lives in Johannesburg. We asked him:
K.N: Where did your love of food develop?
TE: I started spending time in the kitchen and really developed a love of cooking by the age of 10. By the time I went to High School I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the culinary arts and instead of taking Wood Work at school I opted to take Home Economics as a subject instead. I was a bit strange being the only guy in the class of girls!
KN: Where did you learn to cook? Where does your skills come from?
TE: I am completely self-taught. If I dont know how to make something I research it and try it until I get it right.
KN: You used to be a vegetarian. Do you still cook vegetarian meals?
TE: Yes I do! I think many people are under the misconception that vegetarian food must be boring and bland and it can actually be very versatile. It is more than butternut and spinach.
TE: To have more confidence in myself, my abilities and knowledge. To trust my gut more. I realized I impressed myself when out of thousands of entries I managed to reach the Top 50. I kept surprising myself as I kept getting better in every round. It did a lot for my confidence. I think something I also learned was that you should never get too stuck on doing one thing. Remain fluid. It is like a seed growing into a tree with new branches that intertwine and extend – keep growing.
KN: What is your favourite course to cook?
TE: Definitely dinners and leisurely weekend lunches where people have the time to sit and enjoy the meal.
KN: Tell us about the Smoke House and Beer pairing.
TE: We are very excited to start with this venture. The craft beer industry is exploding in Johannesburg. These beers are all natural and brewed in the traditional way making them quite unique. We will be pairing certain beers with a specific burger or smoked ribs etc. It will be a family friendly restaurant.
Tiron indicated that he would be interested in becoming a contributing blogger on the Kitchen.net website! Keep an eye out for his contributions!
Pictures: MasterChef South Africa