Home cooks aim to rule TV kitchen
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.