Welcome to the online world of model and TV personality, Ilse Nel, as she takes you on a culinary adventure, with a hint of spice and a touch of gastronomic flair.

Follow her posts as she takes you on a culinary adventure that will tickle your tastebuds.

For model and TV personality, Ilse Nel. working in the vibrant culinary world has always been a dream of hers, having discovered her passion for cooking with entertaining family and friends from a very tender age.

Her plans to explode onto the gastronomic world, were derailed, when she was discovered by a modelling scout, launching her modelling career, becoming one of South Africa’s top bikini and lingerie models. As a model in demand, Ilse travelled all over the world but at the same time, struggled to keep her natural curves at bay. Quitting the world of skinny to become a curvy model, gave her the opportunity to cook and eat her heart out and at the same time appreciate all the cuisine her travels had to offer.

But the stars aligned when she entered Masterchef South Africa in 2012, giving her an opportunity to showcase her culinary talents, proving that she has what it takes to make it in the wonderful food industry.
Having finished 7th overall in the cooking competition, has opened many doors for the amateur chef, who is now working on her own cooking show, ‘Ilse Kook.’

She has released a cook book with Masterchef runner up and good friend, Sue-Ann Allen.
Nicknamed ‘princess’ by fellow contestants.

Ilse is now ‘The Gourmet Princess’ and enjoying every minute of her love affair with food!



Sir Fruit (previously known as Sir Juice) uses a whole blended production process that ensures the end product contains as much of the original flavor and nutrition of the fruit as possible. The SIR FRUIT team searches the country for the finest farms. Then they pulp the produce, packing in as much of the natural goodness as possible. Due to the nature of SIR FRUIT products, it has to be kept chilled at all times. Real fruit is a lot like fresh milk – that’s why you’ll only find it in the fridge and NEVER left sitting on the shelf. Sir Juice focusses on sourcing the best quality ingredients available and processing them as little as possible. This method means that you get more of the goodness of the whole fruit and it’s the very reason the juice tastes like eating a piece of fruit.

Some of their recently launched flavours include Sweet C, made up of super sweet mandarins, packed with sundrenched sweetness and bursting with flavor and taste; Harrismith Apple juice, containing four apple variants from the Harrismith region; Pink Lemonade, made from the petals of the Rosa Demascena, submerged in water and distilled under special conditions; The Berries, a chunky combination of whole blended Blackcurrants, Strawberries, Raspberries and Pressed Apple Juice and their latest edition, smoothies. Distinctively thick, and full of tasty bits, Sir Fruit smoothies include four variants – Strawberry & Banana, Mango & Passion Fruit as well as Apple, Yoghurt, Oats & Cinnamon and Berry, Yoghurt, Oats & Honey.

Win a month’s supply of Sir Fruit

Sir Fruit (previously known as Sir Juice) have given us a MONTH’S supply to give away to one of our lucky readers. These guys use a whole blended production process that ensures the end product contains as much of the original flavor and nutrition of the fruit as possible.

Question: Tell us what “Sir Fruit is so good, it’s better than…” Answer via Twitter, tagging @ilse_fourie and @SirFruit_ and the hashtag #BetterThan. A winner will be selectected 9th December to arrange your prize of Sir Fruit.

T & C’s: a month’s supply equates to 30 bottles of Sir Fruit and winners need to be in Cape Town, JHB or Durban.