Zola Nene, Gregory Czarnecki and Justine Drake are the new MasterChef South Africa Season 4 judges.

Following the announcement of MasterChef South Africa’s return, M-Net has announced that the fourth season of the reality competition series has an all-new judging panel.

Chefs Zola Nene and Gregory Czarnecki and food editor Justine Drake will be the culinary masters whose palates and expertise will guide a new crop of contestants to the ultimate R1-million prize and the coveted title of MasterChef.

MasterChef SA season 4 premieres on Monday 28 February, 2022, on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 6pm.

MasterChef South Africa Season 4 judges - - Justine Drake, Zola Nene and Gregory Czarnecki
MasterChef South Africa Season 4 judges – Justine Drake, Zola Nene and Gregory Czarnecki

20 MasterChef SA Contestants

Season 4 of the hit show will see 20 contestants battle it out over 20 episodes at the V&A Waterfront’s Makers Landing. The new season will air Mondays to Thursdays, with the MasterChef finale airing on Thursday 31 March 2022 at 6pm.

South Africa’s best home cooks will face their toughest challenges yet in what will be a life-changing journey for many – and for the one who is crowned South Africa’s MasterChef!

Celebrated chef, food stylist and author Zola Nene’s professional journey with food started in 2007, when she enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. Nene has authored two cookbooks – 2017’s Simply Delicious and 2018’s Simply Zola. Effervescent Nene was also part of the judging panel for The Great South African Bake Off on BBC Lifestyle in 2017.

Born in France to parents who were gourmands, Gregory Czarnecki was destined to end up in the rich world of food. Head chef at The Restaurant at Waterkloof, he won the coveted Chef of the Year award from Eat Out in 2016. He served as a mentor for the prestigious S. Pellegrino Young Chef competition in Africa and the Middle East, and his French heritage is carried creatively in his food.

A legend in the South African culinary world, Justine Drake is the launch editor of the award-winning Fresh Living magazine. She has authored five cookbooks and is an experienced TV host. She started hosting Just Cook at Home SA with Justine Drake on YouTube.

MasterChef SA makes a comeback

With their varied experience and viewpoints, the judges will inject freshness to the new season of MasterChef SA, with Czarnecki bringing the perspective of an international chef and Nene and Drake being the local experts.

“We’re very excited to have one of our most-loved shows – and toughest of reality competitions – returning to our screen after some time away. We have always had a rich crop of home chefs to choose from, but the pandemic has certainly created more, and this is the perfect time for MasterChef South Africa to make a comeback,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video for MultiChoice.

What: MasterChef South Africa Season 4 judges
When: Premieres 28 February 2022, 6pm
Where: M-Net DStv Channel 101