Things are getting hoooot in the kitchen as we head into Episode 10 of Come Dine With Me SA – and next week the show heads into the South of Johannesburg.

Stepping into the kitchen this week coming is an engineer/DIY expert, a zoologist/ballet dancer, an eccentric accountant and a hard line attorney-in-the making. It’s a flurry of dombolo, divas, herds of lentils and a bizarre ballet masterclass as our intrepid contestants all vying for that elusive 10,000 rand cash prize!

So let’s meet the contestants!

Name: Makhosonke (Makho) Cyril Manyoni
Based in: Soweto
Occupation: Engineer/ DIY enthusiast

Name: Jana Rau
Based in: Alberton
Occupation: Zoologist student and dancer

Name: Vusi Ndlovu
Based in: Glenanda
Occupation: Accountant

Name: Nontsikelelo (Nontsi) Jiyane
Based in: Suideroord
Occupation: Attorney

The first dinner party is hosted by engineer and DIY mega enthusiast Makho. He has carefully constructed a South African menu of stuffed mushrooms, avo-bites and snoek for his starter, agusha and veggie potjie for mains, with jelly, custard and chocolate mriviti for dessert.

Makho hosts an entertaining first night and does not hold back and showing off at every available occasion to make the biggest first impression with his guests. Nontsi despite her denials, plays the diva while Vusi quickly moves to dispel any notions of accountants being boring!

Youngest of the group and ballet fan Jana starts off as a mild-mannered vegetarian who won’t compromise on quality. Will Makho’s menu do the trick and impress or will his guests be forced to scout the nearest takeaway on their journeys home?

Ever been served dessert by a waiter on a hover-board? Welcome to night two where legal eagle Nontsi hopes to host the doubt out of this lot with her ‘Seafood Delight’ prawn starter, duck confit with pak choi for mains and a scrumptious chocolate tart for dessert.

Nontsi impresses with a focussed and methodical prep and maintains her diva status throughout the evening, despite early worries that Makho would play her at her own game, after the previous evening’s antics of handbag and chair demands. Vusi steps up his jokes and Jana doesn’t hold back as a fun night includes nickname revelations like ‘big booty Judy’ and ‘cupcake’ to name a few.

Night three is over to Jana, who despite hosting three meat-devouring guests, decides to go full vegetarian with her menu. Starters are an asparagus and parmesan cheese tartlet followed by a lentil shepherd’s pie and a classic chocolate mousse dessert.

A feisty Jana sticks to her vegetable guns during her prep, which moves into a night of great organic banter and loads of laughter. Absolutely fantastic ballet themes filter through as Jana enthrals them with the story of Giselle, the Willis (the cause of hysterical laughter of course) and a master class with all the potential to go terribly wrong. Will Jana’s vegetarian evening pirouette her into the lead?

It’s the final night and its Vusi our OTT accountant’s turn to host with a menu of seared tuna, followed by crispy duck on homemade noodles and a dessert of almond and crème crepes. A seamless prep from host Vusi moves into an eventful evening with some rather slow delivery between courses ending in a war cry from Vusi! The spine chills.

Who knows how the week will end!

Watch Come Dine With Me SA on Monday 13 May, 20h00 on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120).

Find out more on The BBC website here… 

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