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Can Parkview Moms Maj And Joleen Stand The Heat In MY Kitchen Rules SA

An Instant Restaurant in the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg is the setting for M-Net reality show My Kitchen Rules SA on Sunday, 5 August, at 18:00. It’s Parkview moms Maj and Joleen’s turn to whip up a three-course meal with high hopes of garnering a favourable reception – and a good score – from the show’s celebrity judges David Higgs and J’Something, as well as from their competition rivals.

Classy, sophisticated fine dining is the name of the game, but anything can happen in the kitchen – especially when one of the hostesses discovers that an important ingredient didn’t make the shopping list!

Maj and Joleen are the fourth of the five pairs of home cooks from Table 2 who are vying for places in the next phase. At the end of next week’s fifth Instant Restaurant, the duo with the lowest score will be eliminated.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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Cousins Ash And Chris Serve Hope And Love On My Kitchen Rules SA In Manenberg

This week M-Net’s popular reality cooking competition My Kitchen Rules South Africa whisked viewers off to Manenberg on the Cape Flats for an emotional experience no one will forget in a hurry, as cousins Ashley van Heerden and Christin Daniels embarked on a quest that went beyond the usual effort to impress their fellow competitors and the judges with their culinary skills.

While their score puts them in the danger zone, their emotional impact on viewers and dinner guests was immense and their message of hope for the people of Manenberg came through loud and clear. A greater sense of love for and devotion to one’s community is hard to imagine. They set out to put Manenberg on the map, and this they did with panache. At the end of the evening, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room – even hard-boiled celebrity judges J’Something and David Higgs shed a tear.

Turning a big empty space into an elegant Instant Restaurant is a daunting task, but for the cousins it was an obvious choice.  “Creating something from nothing is the story of Manenberg,”  Ash explained. To summarise their cooking style of homely, hearty dishes infused with global flavours, they decorated their Instant Restaurant with proteas, a symbol of their heritage, and folded paper aeroplanes, to represent their travels abroad.

For starters, Ash and Chris prepared tomato bredie potstickers in a green pepper broth. It was not quite the start they hoped for. Their guests were surprised to find the dumplings inside the broth, and for judge David the presentation defeated the purpose of the crispy dumpling. Some guests nevertheless wished the portions had been bigger!

Even before the mains were served, the judges were worried about the ambitious choice –  calamari three ways (rooibos-smoked, lemon grilled, and panko-and-coconut fried).  Although the calamari was well-cooked, which is difficult to achieve, the consensus around the table was that it failed to hit the high notes the pair had aimed for.

For dessert, Ash and Chris whipped up a white chocolate-and-litchi cheesecake, with sake foam. While everybody raved about the cheesecake’s faultless texture, the sake foam had disintegrated and the flavours of the chocolate and litchi were lost.

The dinner guests gave Ash and Chris a combined score of 45 out of 100, 10 points behind Jozi food buddies Donald and Luyanda, which means their place in the next phase hangs in the balance. Even so, they regard the evening as a success. Ash explained:  “Whenever I have entered international spaces, and people knew where I was from, they would judge me for it. As a result of that, I’ve always been ashamed of where I came from. To have communities like this highlighted on any platform and being spoken about positively, is unheard of!  My emotions are not for me this evening. It’s for a kid sitting in Manenberg who thinks that he can’t do it, or she can’t do it. This evening they can look at us and be proud. Proud of where they come from and proud of where they’re going.”

Touched Twitter fans responded with a barrage of heartfelt messages on #mkrsa, commending Ash and Chris for the beautiful way in which they showcased their community.

At the end of the current round of five Instant Restaurants, the duo with the lowest score will be eliminated while the others will move on to the next phase of the competition at the MKR Headquarters in Jozi. Will Ash and Chris join Donald and Luyanda and current frontrunners married couple Maritsa and Marradine?  It all depends on the outcome of the upcoming two Instant Restaurants. Up next is Parkview moms Maj and Joleen, and engaged couple Dirk and Bhaia from Somerset West complete the round.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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Delightful Dessert Keeps Donald And Luyanda’s Hopes Alive In My Kitchen Rules SA

Married couple Maritsa and Maradine from Bloemfontein still top the leader board for Table 2 in My Kitchen Rules South Africa and are therefore assured of a place in the competition’s next phase. Trailing them by 15 points after hosting the second Instant Restaurant in round 2, are millennial food buddies Donald and Luyanda, for whom all is not lost; fortunes can change very quickly in this competition, and they have learnt valuable lessons from their experience.

Their effort to win accolades from the guests at their table – their fellow contestants and two very discerning celebrity judges, J’Something and David Higgs – with an urban feast infused with flavours inspired by their travels abroad, was hamstrung by a lack of communication, which restricted their score to 55 out of 100.

To recap the format: Five teams from two tables get a chance to show off their skills, and the one with the lowest score from each group is eliminated at the end of the round, while the others move on to the show’s Headquarters, where they face a variety of challenges.

For starters, Donald and Luyanda served salmon in carrot and ginger broth – inspired by Luyanda’s travels to Thailand. The dish was beautifully presented, but the pair nevertheless seemed uncertain when the judges asked them whether they were satisfied. The guests weren’t exactly blown away, complaining that it came across as a soup rather than a broth. The salmon was said to be overcooked and under-seasoned.

Unfortunately, the feedback appeared to sow division between the twosome, and they couldn’t agree on the preparation of their main course, roast chicken with sherry gravy, honey-roasted vegetables and fondant potatoes. Upon seeing the menu, the judges agreed that it was a surprising choice for this stage of the competition. Joleen thought it might be too simple to compensate for the underwhelming starter, and that is the way it turned out to be, even though it was attractively plated.

Their dessert was a clear winner: a vanilla gelato – a first for them – to go with pear-and-almond cake. Judge J’Something summed up the overall view: “Packed with flavour. I loved every single element. You ended the night on a high!”

Strategy is almost as important as cooking skills and presentation. Maritsa and Maradine can now afford to be generous in their assessment of their rivals’ effort, while teams struggling for survival can be expected to keep their own positions in mind before they voice an opinion.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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My Kitchen Rules SA | It’s Crunch Time For Tarryn And Diego

Tarryn and Diego, the last pair of home cooks who will set up an Instant Restaurant in the first round of M-Net’s hot local cooking competition, My Kitchen Rules SA, have a simple mission: to beat the 52 points achieved by Minnie and Tee’s African-themed “Feel at Home” efforts last week.

That will be enough for the Johannesburg-based team to enter the second round. If they fail, they can pack up their dicers and graters and pairing knives and kiss the chance of entering the hallowed MKR Kitchen HQ, goodbye.

There are advantages and disadvantages to being the last pair to show off one’s expertise to the celebrity judges, J’Something and David Higgs, and one’s fellow competitors.

Minnie and Tee’s venture was a new low, which means three pairs are assured of a place in the next round. Soon-to-be-engaged couple Kim and Pashi remain firmly at the top of the leader board, Rox and Spoen are out of the danger zone and Jalal and Adrie are safe in second place. This might just make them a teeny bit more generous in their appraisal of Tarryn and Diego’s cooking. On the other hand, the benchmark for excellence was set earlier in the series. If Tarryn and Diego don’t match it, it will be abundantly clear for all to see – and taste.

Last Sunday (24 June) saw bubbly millennials Minnie and Tee crash spectacularly. Their decision to prepare traditional fare sounded promising, but looked rather amateurish on the night, and unsuited to the high stakes.

Minnie and Tee prepared Amadumbe Gnocchi with white sauce and a hint of chilli for their starter, which lacked visual appeal and fell short on flavour. The consensus around the table was that although it was a bland dish, the attempt was daring and laudable.

For their main course, the pair served Inyama Yezimbambo nePapa Elinongwe – old-style “pap-en-vleis” – with an urban chakalaka salsa, which was well received by all but certainly not the kind of dish one expects to see in a cooking competition. Said judge J’Something: “For me, what you’ve done tonight is something I would perceive as a little daunting – to put pap-en-vleis on a plate of food for a competition with R1-million rand in prize money. The basting was lovely, taste was good. We ended up with a plate of food that was well balanced from a food point of view, so I enjoyed it – thank you.”

Dessert was Isijingi with berry sauce and, unfortunately for them, the modern twist on the traditional dessert didn’t work and the guests around the table didn’t appreciate the flavours or textures. Hardly the happy ending Minnie and Tee had hoped for.

Tune in this Sunday, 1 July, to see if Tarryn and Diego’s spicy feast will be enough to keep them in the My Kitchen Rules SA competition.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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My Kitchen Rules SA | Will Minnie And Tee’s African-inspired Instant Restaurant Sizzle Or Fizzle

Effervescent “besties” Minnie and Tee will have to be at their sizzling best if they hope to charm celebrity judges David Higgs and J’Something – and their fellow competitors – at the Instant Restaurant they have set up at their home in this week’s edition of My Kitchen Rules South Africa.

“From what we have seen about the pair around the dinner table at the show’s first three episodes, this week’s action in the kitchen can only make for fascinating fare,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity Lani Lombard. “They’re born entertainers, but will their cooking skills match their big personalities?”

Minnie and Tee share a passion for traditional African cuisine, and the menu they have in mind is aimed at winning hearts and tickling taste buds in equal measure.

“We want our guests to feel our love,” says Minnie, and explains that the food they’re going to dish up reflects who they are. “Technically, we’re going to give them ‘us’.”

Minnie and Tee met at another reality TV show audition and immediately became BFFs. The soul sisters love eating as much as they love cooking and with their Instant Restaurant they want to show the world that it is possible to modernise traditional cuisine without diminishing the African experience.

To date, they have not been afraid to speak their minds about their competitors’ efforts, so they cannot expect any favours in return. The pair admits that presentation is not their strongest suit – and hope they can compensate with a dish that pleases the palate and warms the heart.

So, will they avoid finishing at the bottom of the leader board – the recipe for an early exit?

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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Will Rox And Spoen Rock Or Shock With Their Wholesome Country Cuisine In My Kitchen Rules South Africa

Teaser: My Kitchen Rules South Africa Season 2 
Episode 3: M-Net 101, Sunday 17 June at 18:00

At this stage of M-Net’s sizzling local cooking competition, My Kitchen Rules South Africa, five diverse pairs of home cooks are inviting their foodie competitors as well as celebrity judges David Higgs and J’Something into their homes to wow them with a uniquely themed Instant Restaurant and serving scrumptious dishes.

This week Sunday (17 June), viewers will be whisked off to Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal, where country sisters Rox and Spoen need to withstand the heat in their farm-style kitchen. Will the sisters, who have been low-key around to the dinner tables to date, have organic egg on their face when the guests score their three-course meal, or will they be able to overtake spicy Durban couple Kim and Pashi, who are currently at the top of the leader board?

Soon-to-be-engaged Kim and Pashi surprised the critics with their eccentric, Indian street menu last week, earning a combined score of 66 out of a 100 from the contestants and judges. The glamorous pair shared their love for authentic street food and culture with what they named “Mumbai Nights” for starters, “Bunny Study” for mains and “Bombay Panna cotta” for dessert.

With this score, they placed married couple Jalal and Adrie from Rietfontein, who put together the show’s first Instant Restaurant the week before, at the bottom of the leader board. Jalal and Adrie brought flair and flavour to the table with their Moroccan feast but garnered mixed reactions from their guests.  They received a disappointing 25 out of 50 from the other home cooks, while the impressed J’Something and David Higgs gave them 36 out of 50.  Thus, leaving them with a total score of 61 out of 100 and having viewers speculate whether their competitors’ strategy overruled their taste buds.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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Auditions For My Kitchen Rules Season 2 Around The Corner

M-Net confirmed at the spectacular season finale of My Kitchen Rules SA Season 1 on 10 December 2017 that the channel will be embarking on another exciting season of the hit local show.

For all of the aspiring home cooks out there who are keen to show judges David Higgs and J’Something that they’ve got what it takes to clinch the next title of this blockbuster series, auditions for Season 2 of #MKRSA are right around the corner!

Auditions will be taking place on Saturday 13 January and Sunday 14 January respectively across the country in the following cities:

Durban – the Unilever HQ – 15 Nollsworth Crescent, La Lucia Ridge Office Estate;

Cape Town – Mac Suppliers – 32 Benbow Avenue, Goodwood;

Johannesburg – MLK School of Cooking – 44 Rietfontein Road, Glenmarais, Kempton Park.

Entrants are advised to join the MKRSA Season 2 Whatsapp group in order to receive more information, such as top tips, directions to the venues and even the location pins for the big audition day, by simply visiting www.mnet.tv/mkr and clicking on the link provided.

So, what do you need to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime competition?

You and your fellow foodie partner will have to prepare a cold dish for our panel of judges that you bring with to your audition in a cooler box with ice to ensure that the dish stays fresh. You can prepare anything you like, but your dish should show some flair, innovation and – most of all – your personal style! You will also have to provide the necessary crockery and equipment for plating your dish when you get there.

“I think what we learnt from Season 1 of My Kitchen Rules SA is that simplicity is key,” says award-winning Chef and MKRSA judge David Higgs. “To make a good impression at the auditions, keep things simple and cook something that is close to your heart. Something that has a story,” he advises.

Passionate home cook and judge J’Something agrees: “Stick to the brief and you can’t go wrong,” he adds. “Make a cold dish that will blow us away.”

As was the case in Season 1, M-Net is looking for authentic, honest, everyday South Africans who are passionate about cooking, entertaining, fun and adventure. You must enter with a partner as you will have to work together with your partner and against the clock to impress the show’s two celebrity chef judges and your fellow competitors should you make it into the series.

Entrants must be over the age of 18 by 13 January 2018 and must be South African citizens or permanent residents.

For more information and details about the My Kitchen Rules SA auditions, visit www.mnet.tv/mkr and click on the FAQ page.

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Jamandi And Machiel Win My Kitchen Rules SA

Jamandi and Machiel win My Kitchen Rules SA!
Husband and wife from Bloemfontein take home R1 Million prize

Jamandi and Machiel Bekker, a husband and wife team from Bloemfontein, have won Season 1 of M-Net’s hit cooking competition My Kitchen Rules South Africa. M-Net also confirmed tonight that it has commissioned a second season of this popular series, due to start in 2018.

Jamandi and Machiel took the title of South Africa’s best home cooks and a whopping R1 Million cash prize after narrowly beating best friends Charnell and Kerry from Johannesburg’s Weltevreden Park in the spectacular season finale, in which both teams were tasked to create a gourmet five course meal.

Judging and scoring each dish were the show’s resident judges David Higgs and J’Something, as well as a panel of guest experts including South Africa’s first Michelin Star chef Jan Hendrik, who flew all the way from Nice, France to judge in tonight’s finale. Alongside Jan Hendrik were Chef Margot Janse, whose stint at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek earned the restaurant eighth place in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants, legendary master of Cape Malay cuisine Cass Abrahams and food enthusiast and straight-talking Carte Blanche investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender.

Each team was required to create an amuse-bouche, a soup, a fish dish, a main meal and a dessert. Moreover, they had to prepare 20 plates of each course, because all 16 of their fellow competitors returned to the MKR Kitchen HQ for this special episode!

Charnell and Kerry’s offering included some signature South African flavours throughout their five courses. The friends put forward an amuse-bouche of roasted tomato and goats cheese with basil cream; a spicy pumpkin and coconut soup; pickled fish with a spicy cucumber salad and an Eastern Cape style “Hong Kong” chicken with corn puree. For dessert, they presented traditional Cape Malay koesisters with sweetened cream, naartjie coulis and an almond crumb – a dish which was so well executed that it brought judge Cass Abrahams to tears, and had Chef Jan Hendrik so inspired that he wanted to take it back to his restaurant in Europe with him.

Jamandi and Machiel kicked off their five courses with a blue cheese and fig tart, followed by a roasted cauliflower and coconut soup with maple and whisky glazed bacon and salmon in a herb garden with avocado and coconut sauce, which garnered rave reviews from the guest judges, especially Chef Jan Hendrik. They followed this with a pork belly donburi main with jasmine rice and, for dessert, a champagne jelly with a peach salad, which also wowed the panel. Judge J’Something described their dessert as “summer on a plate and an absolute delight.”

Despite Charnell and Kerry’s impressive dessert offering, Jamandi and Machiel’s collective scores across their five courses narrowly beat theirs. In the end, the witty husband and wife team scored a total of 46 out of 60 points, beating Charnell and Kerry by a mere three points to clinch the winning title.

“This whole show has changed our lives,” an emotional Machiel revealed. The series finale also happened to fall on the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary, making the victory even sweeter. “I never knew how much Machiel actually loved me until our My Kitchen Rules journey,” Jamandi admitted. “I’m so excited to win My Kitchen Rules, but the thing that excites me even more is our marriage.”

Auditions for Season 2 of My Kitchen Rules SA will be held early in 2018 and fans can visit www.mnet.tv/mkrsa for all audition information and breaking news about Season 2.

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My Kitchen Rules Finale: Who Will Take The R1 Million Prize

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The grand finale: who will take home R1 Million?

It’s time for the grand finale of My Kitchen Rules SA! This Sunday, 10 December at 17:30, best friends from Johannesburg, Charnell and Kerry, will be going up against husband and wife team from Bloemfontein, Jamandi and Machiel in an epic five course cook-off for the massive R1 Million prize.

The teams have their work cut out for them, as they will be tasked to cook five gourmet courses for a panel of world-renowned guest judges as well as resident judges David Higgs and J’Something. Joining the MKR tasting table this week is South Africa’s first Michelin Star chef Jan Hendrik, who flew all the way from Nice, France to judge the My Kitchen Rules finale! Alongside Jan Hendrik are Chef Margot Janse, whose stint at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek earned the restaurant eighth place in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants, and the legendary master of Cape Malay cuisine Cass Abrahams. Rounding up the panel is food enthusiast and straight-talking Carte Blanche investigative journalist Devi Sankaree-Govender.

What viewers might not know about Devi is that when she’s not confronting crooks on TV, she’s a whizz in the kitchen and a passionate home cook, having accumulated culinary accolades along the way such as winning the Gateway Celebrity Chef Showdown. But Devi won’t be the only enthusiastic home cook in Kitchen HQ this week. The 16 previous My Kitchen Rules contestants will also be making one last return through the revolving doors to show their support for Charnell, Kerry, Jamandi and Machiel as they embark on a cook of a lifetime!

The season finale of My Kitchen Rules SA will be a special 90 minute broadcast on M-Net channel 101 and, as such, the show will start earlier this week at 17:30.

Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges, guest judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.

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My Kitchen Rules SA: Jamandi And Machiel Join Charnell And Kerry In MKR Final

My Kitchen Rules SA:
Jamandi and Machiel make it to the grand final!

Last night (Sunday, 3 December) Jamandi and Machiel from Bloemfontein outcooked mother and daughter duo Lani and Louzel from Cradock to take the second spot in the My Kitchen Rules series finale! The witty husband and wife pair will go up against best friends Charnell and Kerry in the show’s special 90 minute grand finale on Sunday 10 December, when the couples will be cooking to win the massive R1 Million cash prize.

In a mouth-watering cook-off last night, Lani, Louzel, Jamandi and Machiel pulled out all of the stops as they each presented a spectacular three-course menu for judges David Higgs and J’Something, as well as a panel of celebrity guest judges comprising Reuben Riffel, Vanessa Marx, Karen Dudley and Lentswe Bhengu.

“The competition isn’t only about going up against another team. It’s also about pushing your own boundaries and doing your very best. That’s what this competition is about,” a reflective Louzel noted as she walked into the gleaming Kitchen HQ with her mother by her side. Jamandi and Machiel were surprisingly emotional before the challenge kicked off too. “I never thought I would get to live out my food dream, and with my best friend by my side,” a slightly tearful Jamandi gushed. “It’s been an incredible experience so far, and it’s a true honour to be cooking against Lani and Louzel in this round,” Machiel added.

Lani and Louzel wanted to celebrate being South African in their three-course offering, and put together a menu packed with uniquely South African ingredients and flavours. For starters, they created Bobotie spring rolls with a mango and coriander chutney and fresh coconut, followed by a “Celebration of Lamb” consisting of pulled lamb and a lamb rack for mains, served with pumpkin two ways and a cucumber and mint pickle. For their dessert they opted for a brandy snap, ginger biscuit, vanilla ice cream and figs two ways, and for many of the judges, their sweet creation was the dish of the day.

Jamandi and Machiel, on the other hand, chose to borrow from world flavours for their three-course menu. For starters they created sesame seared tuna with sushi rice, a pineapple and cucumber salsa and ponzu sauce, and for their main meal they chose to make a lamb Osso Buco with polenta, which was incredibly well received by the judges. “That tasted like home!” an elated Chef Lentswe Bhengu raved. Bringing their inspiration back home for their dessert, Jamandi and Machiel prepared a crumbed carrot cake with hazelnut ice cream and orange curd –  the first cake that Jamandi had ever baked in her life!

It was a nail-biting and totally unpredictable ending, as both teams excelled and also faltered at times. In the end, Jamandi and Machiel narrowly beat Lani and Louzel by a mere two point margin, as the judges awarded them an overall score of 46 out of 60 points!

In the season finale next week, Jamandi and Machiel will cook against best friends from Johannesburg, Charnell and Kerry. Not only will these teams be facing a mammoth finale challenge, but they will also have to deal with the pressure of cooking for some very special and illustrious guests.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/mkr to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, meet the new group of five couples and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.