An­other serv­ing of Come Dine With Me SA

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

EVER won­dered what it would be like to part­ner four com­plete strangers and force them to cook for each other and bond while com­pet­ing for the best meal prize money?

Well, the BBC’s Come Dine With Me has made that a re­al­ity and, for years, given view­ers a chance to wit­ness the shenani­gans of con­tes­tants and their cuisines.

The hit show is now set for for an­other lo­cal sea­son, with Come Dine With Me SA promis­ing even more laughs, food and fun.

South African ac­tress, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter, model, en­tre­pre­neur and fash­ion blog­ger Shashi Naidoo par­tic­i­pated in the show in 2011.

She was joined by sports­caster Neil An­drews, TV pre­sen­ter Ash­ley Hay­den and ra­dio host Sam Cowen, who cooked for each other in the name of char­ity.

Although Naidoo didn’t win the grand prize of R10 000 for the char­ity of her choice, she looks back on the ex­pe­ri­ence with fond mem­o­ries.

“It’s quite a thing eat­ing out and drink­ing for four nights in a row and then tak­ing four more days to re­cover,” she joked.

Naidoo told The Star that on the night she hosted the other celebrity par­tic­i­pants, she made a “tom yum goong” starter, a Ja­panese-in­spired salmon for her main course, and choco­late mousse for dessert.

“When I was on the show we com­peted for char­ity, so it wasn’t so com­pet­i­tive and we had so much fun,” she said.

Naidoo’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by an­other for­mer con­tes­tant, Jodi Deer­ling, who also de­scribed his time on the show as an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The fash­ion de­signer said the re­al­ity se­ries wasn’t just about food, as it was also en­ter­tain­ment.

“I’m not a big cook but I know how to en­ter­tain,” he said.

“When I hosted, I had a the­atri­cal theme and even had items such as a red car­pet at the en­trance, as well as a popcorn maker.”

Deer­ling’s ad­vice to those who want to par­tic­i­pate is sim­ple: “Be dif­fer­ent and have an el­e­ment of sur­prise.”

The re­turn of Come Dine With Me SA on DStv’s BBC Life­style chan­nel comes af­ter a three-year hia­tus.

‘Be dif­fer­ent and have an el­e­ment of sur­prise’

The pop­u­lar culi­nary se­ries is pro­duced lo­cally by Rapid Blue and is a 12-part se­ries.

BBC vice-pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager for Africa Joel Churcher said they were thrilled to work with the lo­cal pro­duc­tion com­pany.

“I’m pleased that BBC Life­style is join­ing forces with Rapid Blue once more to of­fer a dis­tinctly South African take on a hugely pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional for­mat,” he said.

In the search for South Africa’s top hosts with the most, episodes will be filmed in Cape Town, Durban, Joburg and Port El­iz­a­beth.

The con­tes­tants will com­pete for R10 000 in cash prizes.

Ap­ply now by vis­it­ing­ The ap­pli­ca­tion process will close on Au­gust 6, with the se­ries pre­mier­ing early next year.

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