Deena Naidoo wins MasterChef SA – and gets a chance to run his own restaurant.

“We are thrilled to congratulate Deena Naidoo on a superb performance and he is definitely a worthy winner,” Graham Wood, Managing Director of Tsogo Sun Hotels, said in a statement.

“As the proud hospitability sponsor of MasterChef SA, Tsogo Sun is proud to announce that we are entering into a joint venture with Deena Naidoo for a period of two years.

“The restaurant concept will be a testament to Deena’s passion and love for food combined with our knowledge and expertise,” says Wood.

As an additional bonus, Benny Masekwameng, one of the three MasterChef judges and a Tsogo Sun Executive Chef, will be on hand to guide and support Deena.

The restaurant will be located at the SunSquare Montecasino Hotel in the pulsating Montecasino precinct.

“We are confident that our new restaurant will be a wonderful addition to Montecasino.

“An industry first, this agreement offers patrons the opportunity to experience this MasterChef winner’s delectable cuisine first hand.”

Naidoo said: “I am unbelievably excited.. Not every aspiring chef has the opportunity to open a restaurant at such a wonderful location.

“I look forward to showcasing my style of food and creativity. I can’t wait to start working with Graham and his team when we open in November 2012” Naidoo added.

Source: The Sowetan – Genevieve Kgafe