What’s cook­ing? A wed­ding pro­posal


ON THIS week­end’s episode of My Kitchen Rules South Africa fi­nal­ist Pashi Reddy pro­posed to his girl­friend of five years, Kamisha Naidoo.

At the end of the 60-minute episode, when the cou­ple were an­nounced the win­ners by two points and thus the fi­nal­ists be­fore Sun­day’s episode, Reddy, 33, pro­fessed his love for his 27-year-old sweet­heart.

“It has been an un­be­liev­able jour­ney,” he told her. “I have met my soul­mate. You have changed my life in so many ways. You are hon­estly the strong­est wo­man I know. I’m go­ing to need a part­ner to win this com­pe­ti­tion, but also a strong part­ner in life, to start a fam­ily.”

He went down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?”, to which an emo­tional Naidoo re­sponded, “Yes! On TV hey, only you!”

Reddy, a chief ex­ec­u­tive at Isithem­biso Pro­cure­ment and a Kloof res­i­dent, said while it was nerve-rack­ing hav­ing to pro­pose, he had to do it on na­tional tele­vi­sion af­ter the cook-off of their lives.

“The re­sult could have gone ei­ther way, but the pro­posal was cer­tain. I had planned this a long time ago, but both Kim and I lost our grand­fa­thers to can­cer. It was hard as I did not have the op­por­tu­nity to say good­bye to my grand­fa­ther, who was in New Zealand at the time.

“With Kim’s love and sup­port the heal­ing be­gan. A year later, the tim­ing was right and our growth through­out the com­pe­ti­tion made me re­alise I did find my soul­mate. It was writ­ten in the stars and in the semi-fi­nal our stars aligned.”

A blush­ing Naidoo said she was in shock: “We just came off a com­pet­i­tive cook and my mind was all over the place. When Pashi started speak­ing, I thought it was him just be­ing his nor­mal self and thank­ing me for the sup­port but when he reached into his apron and got on one knee, I was ‘shook’.

“All I could think about was the fact that the mo­ment I have been dream­ing of is fi­nally here and it’s hap­pen­ing in front of every­one on na­tional TV,” beamed the Yel­low­wood Park res­i­dent, who is com­plet­ing a de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional psy­chol­ogy.

The dy­namic duo said their pri­or­ity was to build a solid foun­da­tion.

“We are tak­ing each mile­stone, step by step.

“Our fo­cus is on the fi­nal this week then we will fo­cus on open­ing our dream restau­rant Kali, which will be a mod­ern, pro­gres­sive South African-In­dian eatery with a trendy cock­tail lounge called Karma.”


Newly en­gaged fi­nal­ists, Kim Naidoo and Pashi Reddy.

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