FAQs - MKRSA season 4

25 April 2022
Frequently asked questions.


What is My Kitchen Rules?
My Kitchen Rules is a competitive cooking show where home cooks participate in teams of two to win a cash prize of R1m. The series has two phases. The first phase is the Instant Restaurant phase where a cooking team (close friends, partners, family) hosts other teams and two celebrity chef judges in their own home. The second phase is a Challenge Knock-Out Competition where the remaining teams battle against each other in a series of cooking challenges at various locations.

Who are the judges?
The celebrity judges of My Kitchen Rules SA are David Higgs and J'Something who were judges in all previous seasons.

What is the prize for winning the show?
The winning team will get a cash prize of R1m.


How do I enter My Kitchen Rules?
Together with your cooking partner, you need to complete the online application on the My Kitchen Rules M-Net page: www.mnet.tv/mkrsa. Follow the prompts, complete the fields, and upload videos. No other method of entry is permitted.

Who should enter?
M-Net is looking for authentic, honest, everyday South Africans who are passionate about cooking. You must enter with another person: a close friend, family member, spouse, partner, etc. You will have to work together with your partner and against the clock to impress our two celebrity chef judges and your fellow competitors. The menus you prepare and the Instant Restaurants you design must show flair, innovation, and – most of all – your personal style.

Why do I have to enter with a partner?
Teams of two people are required for My Kitchen Rules – that’s how the show works.

Who should my partner be?
You and your partner must have a pre-existing and strong relationship. You must regularly enjoy cooking together. Your partner could be your spouse, your best friend, a fiancé, neighbour, cousin, parent, or child… almost any type of serious relationship. The defining feature is that your partnership is natural and real. Your relationship must have developed over a number of years. Partnerships that are very new (less than a year) do not do well on the show. Please do not pick someone with whom you have never cooked, it won’t work.

Is there an age restriction for entry?
Yes. Both team members must be 18 years old or older on 19 June 2022.

Do I have to be a South African citizen?
Yes. You and your partner must both be South African citizens or have permanent residence status. You will be required to show proof of citizenship or residency in the application process. No exceptions will be made.

How much cooking experience do my partner and I need to have?
You should be someone who cooks a lot of the time and loves to serve people delicious food. You should know your way around a kitchen, be skilled in food basics, have favourite recipes, and have a few culinary tricks up your sleeve. You should cook with your partner often, not just once in a while. You should both be passionate about food and cooking.

Is entry open to qualified chefs or professional cooks?
No. This is not a show for people with professional or accredited chef training or who are currently working professionally or semi-professionally as cooks in the hospitality industry. Kindly notify the producers in your online application if you have done a course in cooking.

Where do I go to audition?
Auditions only happen online and you must complete the process with your partner. The first stage will require that you upload a video of you and your partner cooking together. If possible, this should be filmed by someone else to show you both in action in the kitchen.

Can employees or associates of the show enter the show?
Employees of Picture Tree, Electronic Media Network Propriety Limited or the MultiChoice Group of Companies, or any of the M.I.H. Group of companies may not enter the show.

May I enter the show if I have been on other reality shows?
Yes, given that you disclose all the reality shows you have participated in.

Will a background check be done on all entrants?
If you are short-listed, you also agree to authorise the producers to conduct background checks in order to verify any of the information supplied. Please note that consenting to these checks is no guarantee of being chosen to participate.

When will I be notified if I am successful or not?
You will only be contacted by the production company for further details should your entry be shortlisted. This will be within 60 days of receipt of your application.

May I enter the show more than once to improve my chances?
Multiple entries per pair are not permitted. Entries are only valid if correctly submitted on the entry platform.

Do I have to agree to all the terms and conditions to enter?
Your valid submission of your entry constitutes your binding acceptance of the terms and conditions contained herein.


When does filming take place?
Filming takes place over two periods: 19 June to 26 July and 7 August to 4 September 2022. You will need to be available for both of these time periods although you may not be required to be on set for the full period. Exact dates will be communicated to you if you are selected. 

How much time off work will I need to take?
If you enter the show, you must be available between 19 June to 26 July and 7 August to 4 September 2022. Each Instant Restaurant takes 2 days to film and there are 2 x 5 Instant Restaurants in the first period: 19 June to 26 July. If selected, you will need to take two weeks off during this period.

If you make it to the Challenge Phase, you may be required for the entire second period: Maximum: 7 August to 4 September 2022. If you are eliminated, you will spend less time filming so can expect to leave the location before the above end date.

When Will My Kitchen Rules be broadcast?
The series will be broadcast from September to December 2022 on M-Net channel 101.

Is wardrobe provided or do we bring our own clothes?
You are required to bring your own clothes for the production. This is because we want viewers to see who are really are. Your wardrobe will be managed by a wardrobe person who is responsible for ensuring that your wardrobe is camera-friendly.

Will there be any medical, physical, or psychological screenings?
If you are short-listed by the producers, you must be prepared to undergo psychological and medical screenings. Please note that the full details of this will be explained to you in advance. These screenings are strictly confidential.  

Will I have control over what is put on air about me on the show?
You do not have editorial control of the content. The producers' decision on what to air is final but we will only ever use material provided to us by the participants.

Do I have to participate in every activity that is planned on the show?

Will I get paid to compete?
No, but there will be a stipend issued for time away from home.

Can I quit at any stage?
Yes. However, this must be within reason and it must be negotiated with the producers and M-Net. You will see this point in your participation contract with M-Net.


Will I be medically covered during my time on the show?
You will be issued a specified Personal Accident policy whilst on the show, however any pre-existing or chronic medical conditions will not be covered by the production. 

What measures will be in place to ensure the safety of the cast & crew?
A safety officer and medic are on set at all times. All applicable COVID protocols will be strictly adhered to.

What if I contract COVID whilst on the production? Will M-Net cover my costs?
Covid testing and on-set management will be for the cost of production. However, should you get ill, your medical aid will need to cover your medical bills.