It’s the final week of season five of Come Dine With Me South Africa and we’re heading to Cape Town to witness our last bunch of competitive hosts cook up a storm. The finale sees hippy-at-heart Yvette, chilli king Brian, pescatarian fundraising pro Rasheda and good-time guy Imtiyaaz all providing a big dose of Cape humour, but who will come out on top?
Night one falls to extrovert and hippy Yvette to host. Kicking off this week’s battle of the chilli’s, Yvette starts her menu off with peri peri chicken livers, lamb shanks for mains and concludes with poached pears for dessert. Yvette’s love-filled prep, positive energy and talk-a-minute nature sets the bar high. With an evening filled with banter, fun and hilarious comments–will it be the winning night?
Night two and its home-growing chilli expert Brian’s turn to host. In an attempt to turn up the heat in the competition, Brian serves his guest a menu of butter chicken with spoon bread for the starter, a lamb vindaloo for mains and a ginger pudding for dessert. A profusion of sweat, hundreds of chilli and talk of the Cape sees Brian plod his way through prep but forget to dress to his own disco theme! Can Brain stand the heat in the kitchen and come out the chilli king, or will his evening burn his guests’ taste buds away and land him some tepid scores?
Night three falls to the serial entertainer and avid pescatarian Rasheda to host. Out to win it, Rasheda’s menu consists of smoked mussels and roti starter, butter chicken curry (for the second night in a row) for mains and an elachi and rosewater pannacotta with pistachio brittle for dessert. Her prep doesn’t quite go to plan and Brian fails to follow the ‘Spice Around the World ‘dress code, resulting in the night getting off to a rocky start, but will Cape Town’s self-appointed queen of entertaining do enough to impress the others and beat the previous two nights?
It’s night four and the pressures on for barman Imtiyaaz to win the cash prize. While charming his guests to tears with a series of heartfelt gifts and gestures, does he have a menu to match? All with cryptic titles, he serves his guest ‘Who Lies in a Pineapple Under the Sear ‘for starters,‘ Prawn to be Wild ‘for mains, and a ‘Berry Beautiful Say Cheese ‘dessert, he’s in with a fighting chance. Brian tops the night by doing the splits on the dance-floor but who will steal centre stage when the winner is revealed?
Meet the contestants…
Name: Bryan (Bryanie) Torien
Occupation: Head of Operations at Dunstan Thomas Consulting
Hosting menu: Butter Chicken starter, Vindaloo as mains, Ginger pudding and homemade custard with roti’s, breads and sambals. (Bonus the pot of chilli for those daring enough to taste)
Why did you audition for the show? I love food and I love to create food. I also enjoy the format of the show and the narration by Dave Lamb – he is so funny. I also wanted to showcase people from the Cape Flats and their love to have a good time and celebrate our “Yaardt Culture”.
Name: Imtiyaaz Hart
Occupation: Media Coordinator and part-time bartender
Hosting menu: Pineapple salad with seared steaks, Thai green prawn curry, raspberry cheesecake with Turkish delight ice cream
What’s been your biggest dinner party disaster to date? I cooked seafood and no-one at the dinner party liked fish.
Name: Rasheda (Rash) Van Den Hurk
Occupation: Events and PR co-coordinator
Hosting menu: Smoked mussel pots, butter chicken curry with roti, pannacotta with rose syrup and pistachio
What’s the one thing people would be shocked to find out about you? That I was a full-on hippie – I travelled the world with a backpack!
Name: Yvette Louw
Hosting menu: Peri peri chicken livers, lamb shanks with mashed potato, poached pears with homemade ice cream.
How would you describe yourself? Amazing, fabulous, funny and inclined to suffer from foot in mouth disease.
• Episode 13 airs on 03 June 2019 at 20h00 on BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120).
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