Home cooks aim to rule TV kitchen

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EA­GER home cooks lined up yes­ter­day with their pre­pared meals in hand to wow the judges of My Kitchen Rules South Africa.

The M-Net re­al­ity series en­ters its sec­ond sea­son this year, as the on­go­ing pop­u­lar­ity of TV cook­ing con­tests con­tin­ues.

Food lovers showed up in pairs with a cold dish that they had been asked to pre­pare.

The show, which broad­cast its first sea­son last year, is a com­pet­i­tive cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion in which food­ies work in pairs and com­pete for cash prizes and the ti­tle.

The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into two phases. In the first, the “In­stant Restau­rant” phase, pair­ings have to host other con­tes­tants and the two celebrity judges in their own home.

In the sec­ond phase, the “Chal­lenge Knock Out Com­pe­ti­tion”, the pairs bat­tle it out in var­i­ous cook­ing chal­lenges in the My Kitchen Rules South Africa kitchen, as well as other locations.

The judges are chef David Higgs and mu­si­cian and chef J’Some­thing, and the au­di­tions are be­ing held in Dur­ban, Cape Town and Jo­han­nes­burg. Ten pairs will be se­lected for sea­son two.

An­ton Burggraaf, the pro­ducer of the series, said the at­mos­phere at the au­di­tions was fes­tive as the con­tes­tants were ex­cited and had fun.

Those who en­tered “brought their A-game”, he added.

“When con­tes­tants en­ter, they are asked to put for­ward their food ideas and we are re­ally im­pressed with what has come through,” Burggraaf said.

Sea­son two of the series was go­ing to im­prove the pre­vi­ous in­stall­ment, he added. “With sea­son one, our view­ers have seen what South Africans can of­fer, and we’re hop­ing we can raise that bar higher in sea­son two.”

Au­di­tions were set to con­tinue today.

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