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My Kitchen Rules South Africa

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Palesa M & Palesa N

Palesa M (34) & Palesa N (31) | Besties from Johannesburg

Friends for five years, Palesa M is a Group Executive Officer for a media agency, a UN Ambassador, and founder of an NPO dedicated to empowering youth. Palesa N is a digital designer. Both recently started their own fashion lines.

Palesa N’s parents have run a restaurant from home for the last 25 years, which is where she fell in love with cooking. Palesa M’s inspiration comes from her grandmother, who introduced her to the kitchen at a tender age and taught her plenty of different techniques. While Palesa M’s food style is adventurous, creative, and intuitive, her bestie Palesa N says hers is "very old school, with a modern influence".

“We are compatible in terms of our food preferences and share the work evenly – and we are always happy to help each other,” says Palesa N. “We entered MKRSA because it was a great platform for Palesa and I to do what we love the most – which is to cook. And the cherry on top is that we do it together!” says Palesa M.

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