My Kitchen Rules South Africa


Kim and Pashi Make SA TV History - #MKRSA

01 October 2018
Spicy lovebirds get engaged after beating top home cooks Maj and Joleen in a tough semi-final cook-off.

For many weeks, My Kitchen Rules SA’s much talked-about cooking couple Kim and Pashi raised eyebrows with their “soon-to-be-engaged” relationship status. In the second rounf of semi-finals, the lovebirds stepped up their game in more ways than one. Not only did they earn a spot in next week's season finale, they also became the first contestants in a South African reality cooking competition to get engaged with the cameras rolling. 

After the newly-engaged couple, who face country girls Rox and Spoen in Sunday’s grand finale, beat Maj and Joleen by a narrow two-point margin,  Pashi proudly professed his love for Kim: “It’s been an unbelievable journey. I have met my soul mate. You have changed my life in so many ways. You are honestly the strongest woman I know. I’m going to need a partner to win this competition, but also a strong partner in life, to start a family.” 

He went down on one knee and popped the question, “And so, will you marry me?” to which an emotional, elated Kim responded: "Yes! On TV hey, only you!”

“It was an epic end to an epic semi-final,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. 

The semi-final was a showdown between the two top teams in their respective groups after the Instant Restaurant phase. In contrast to the one-sided first semi-final between Rox and Spoen and Donald and Luyanda, the second one could have gone either way.  Kim and Pashi and Maj and Joleen had every element of their menus carefully planned and organised. 

Each team presented a delectable three-course spread for judges David Higgs and J’Something, as well as a panel of celebrity guest judges:| Reuben Riffel, Vanessa Marx, Karen Dudle, and Lentswe Bhengu.

The menu Maj and Joleen put forward celebrated the food they love to cook. For starters, they created modern gravadlax with beet cured salmon, horseradish cream, and fennel seed flatbread crackers. The mains – pork belly with celeriac, smoked apple purée, and apple and fennel salad – was a smash hit. “I love the celeriac, I love the apple, I love the little sauce,” impressed judge Karen Dudley said. For dessert, they kept it simple and opted for a white chocolate mousse.

Kim and Pashi, on the other hand, chose to impress with a sexy international menu, which surprised the judges, who expected an Indian style menu. For starters, they created chawanmushi, a Japanese egg custard,  and a dashi broth, which the judges found irresistible. “There’s something about it that just makes you want more,” chef Vanessa Marx raved. For their main meal, they chose venison with chicken liver mousse, chocolate sauce, red wine jus – a French culinary term meaning "with juice" – and a quince-and-nut soil. For dessert, Kim and Pashi served mango kulfi, with saffron, rice pudding, and a salted coconut cream, which impressed chef Reuben Riffel, who noted that the dish was unconventional. He appreciated the salted coconut sphere.

It was an extremely close call in the end, and Maj and Joleen left Kitchen HQ with heads held high. “Today was a good day to go out. I feel proud and if I had to choose anybody to go out against, it would be Kim and Pashi,” Joleen said.

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00.

Viewers can watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants here.

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