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Be part of M-Net’s sizzling new reality cooking show - My Kitchen Rules SA

Pairs of amateur chefs to dish up drama and three-course meals in My Kitchen Rules South Africa

12 May 10:03

Fancy seeing yourself on television, winning fabulous prizes in a top-notch prime time show? M-Net is inviting pairs of home cooks to showcase their flair for food and ability to turn their living space into instant restaurants. 

M-Net announced today (Friday, 12 May) that it will be whipping up a local version of yet another blockbuster reality show. Later this year, M-Net 101 viewers will witness how the knives come out and all kinds of drama and delectable dishes unfold in pressure-cooker settings in the South African version of My Kitchen Rules. If you want to be part of all the magic, however, you will have to get your culinary act together chop-chop. Auditions for My Kitchen Rules South Africa will kick off in Johannesburg on Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May and will then move to Cape Town on Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June. Durban auditions will also take place on Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June.

Based on the popular Australian show, which is already in its eighth season Down Under, and which had M-Net 101 audiences glued to their screens in the channel’s daily reality slot recently, My Kitchen Rules South Africa will showcase a diverse range of local foodie pairs who will have to cook and entertain up a storm in order to go all the way to the final and win some fabulous prizes. 

While your “partner” for the series can be anyone from your spouse to your best friend, neighbour, brother or mother, there are two phases to the competition. First, in the “Instant Restaurant” round the cooking pairs have to host the show’s other contestants as well as two celebrity chefs in their own home. Then, in the second phase, the action continues with a series of challenges in the My Kitchen Rules South Africa (MKR) kitchen headquarters as well as in various locations around South Africa. 

But how do you enter this once-in-a-lifetime television adventure and who will make it onto the show?

“M-Net and the My Kitchen Rules team will be looking for real people who love real food,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net channels. “We’re inviting authentic, honest, everyday South Africans who are passionate about cooking, entertaining and having fun and who can put together a creative menu in their own personal style. There should also be a real connection between you and the person who will be working by your side. It’s important that you have a strong relationship, no matter what type of chemistry you may endure when the pots, pans, crockery and cutlery come out. But it will all start with a cold dish… served in a hot way!”

For the open auditions, the pairs need to wow the My Kitchen Rules team with a cold dish of their choice - which can be a starter, main course or dessert. Contestants need to arrive at the venue with the ingredients or dish packed in a cooler box with ice to ensure that the meal stays fresh. Tables will be provided to plate the dish for presentation but all the elements must be ready for assembly, as well as all the necessary equipment and crockery for plating. 

Both members of the team also have to be South African citizens or have permanent residence status. Participants also need to be 18 years old by 1 June 2017. 

Open auditions for My Kitchen Rules South Africa will take place between 08:00 and 17:00 at the following venues:

Johannesburg – 27 May and 28 May

International Hotel School
4 Kikuyo road, Sunninghill, Sandton

Cape Town – 3 June and 4 June

International Hotel School
2nd Floor, 106 Adderley street, Cape Town

Durban – 3 June and 4 June

International Hotel School
124 Jan Hofmeyr road, Westville, Durban

To shortcut the process, you can also enter online! If your entry is submitted 48 hours before the open auditions begin in your city, we can process it and you will benefit from a fast track at the audition. Submit your entry online here, go to the fast track desk on arrival at the open auditions and if your name is on the list, you will skip the registration process and be able to jump the queue.

For more information as well as Frequently Asked Questions, go to www.mnet.tv/mkr   

My Kitchen Rules will be produced for M-Net by Endemol Shine Africa. 

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