BONANG TO HOST NEW COOK­ING SHOW

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - KARISHMA DIPA

ME­DIA per­son­al­ity Bonang Matheba is a busy girl, and it seems her plate is get­ting even fuller.

Apart from her host­ing and MC du­ties, grac­ing the cov­ers of mag­a­zines and jet­ting off to ex­otic des­ti­na­tions around the world, she has now added host­ing a re­al­ity cook­ing show to her plate.

Matheba, af­fec­tion­ately known as Queen B, is set to present KFC Taste Kitchen, which is ex­pected to air on DStv’s Mzansi Magic next week.

“Bonang Matheba will add her spice and touch as the host of the KFC Taste Kitchen,” KFC Africa chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Mike Mid­dle­ton said.

The fast food out­let’s first ever re­al­ity cook­ing show seeks to dis­cover the next best chef ex­traor­di­naire.

“This is a first for us, and we can’t wait to bring this brand-new, Fin­ger Lickin’ Good ex­pe­ri­ence to our cus­tomers and fans,” he said.

Fol­low­ing a coun­try­wide search, 32 pairs have been se­lected to bat­tle it out for the cov­eted ti­tle of KFC’s Ul­ti­mate Cook­ing Duo, as well as the grand prize of R1 mil­lion.

Mid­dle­ton said the con­tes­tants who want to be crowned the ul­ti­mate win­ner should mas­ter proudly South African cuisines to pair up with KFC’s fa­mous chicken.

“KFC Taste Kitchen takes cooks on a jour­ney of in­no­va­tion and ex­plo­sive taste as they cre­ate the most in­no­va­tive, au­then­tic South African side dishes they can, to com­ple­ment KFC’s de­li­cious orig­i­nal recipe chicken.”

Matheba will be joined by actress-turned-cook­ing ex­pert Lu­cia Mthiyane as well as KwaZulu-Natal foodie Lentswe Bhengu, who will be judges on the show.

“We’re be­yond ex­cited to have such great South African tal­ent join us on the KFC Taste Kitchen jour­ney,” said Mid­dle­ton. “Each brings a taste of au­then­tic­ity and rel­e­vance to the show.”

But there’s a twist to the lo­cal re­al­ity cook­ing show.

“To add more flavour to the de­li­cious, siz­zling chal­lenges, the judges will par­tic­i­pate in unique blind tast­ing ses­sions, which will make the ex­pe­ri­ence even more thrilling for con­tes­tants and view­ers,” he said.

“Dur­ing the show, the duos will re­ceive chal­lenges from the celebrity judges, be­fore putting their cook­ing skills and cre­ative flair to the test in a culi­nary race against the clock,” added Mid­dle­ton.

Each duo’s cre­ation will then be tasted and judged, and one pair will be elim­i­nated af­ter each chal­lenge.

This will take place over a pe­riod of 13 weeks, when the pairs will be whit­tled down as the bat­tle comes to the boil, un­til one lucky duo emerge with the R1m grand prize as creator of KFC South Africa’s best side dish, and are crowned Ul­ti­mate Cook­ing Duo.

“There is a smor­gas­bord of fur­ther sur­prises in the show, in­clud­ing re­wards and im­mu­nity chal­lenges for the duos, but you’ll have to tune in to find out more, when the ac­tion starts sim­mer­ing in KFC Taste Kitchen,” in­sisted Mid­dle­ton.

Catch KFC Taste Kitchen on Mzansi Magic (DStv chan­nel 161) on July 14 at 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://mzan­simagic.dstv.com/ show/kfc-taste-kitchen

SPICE: Bonang Matheba, af­fec­tion­ately known as Queen B, is set to present KFC Taste Kitchen, which will air on DStv’s Mzansi Magic next week.

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