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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.