Five reasons to watch KFC Taste Kitchen

13 July 2017
Fridays will never be the same again

It’s finally here! After months of preparation behind the scenes - and a month of grueling auditions across the country, duos have been picked, ingredients have been assembled and the Taste Kitchen has been prepped for all of the magic that’s about to be created. That’s right! Starting this Friday 14 July, 2017, KFC Taste Kitchen makes what is sure to be an unforgettable debut at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic. But why should you tune in? Here are five reasons.

Our contestants

We’ve assembled an interesting roster of home cooks and foodies with skills and tastes that run the gauntlet. From Cajun, Mexican and Indian, to decidedly South African cuisine leanings, our duos will be showing off their intricate and very well developed skills via their food prep and cooking styles. Add a healthy dose of different personality types into the mixing bowl - and you’ve got the recipe for... the next reason why!


“Can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen” is not a real thing in the KFC Taste Kitchen. Resilience, a will to win and a never-say die spirit are what it’s all about. So…imagine all the drama in the kitchen when we turn up the heat, throw in dollops of curveballs and ultimately, plans don’t come together? The gloves will surely come off. Cue the fireworks!

Our host with the most - and our judges

Did someone say “cream of the crop”? You bet! Taking the lead as judges for this competition, celebrity chefs Lentswe Bhengu and Lucia Mthiyane - and as support, we will be introducing you to new (and equally talented) faces who are making big strides in the culinary world. Our judges will Blind Taste all dishes created in the Taste Kitchen and critique and score our duos. The cherry on top of this very delicious pie, of course, Bonang Matheba playing host!

The delicious recipes

Get all the cooking inspiration you need from all the interesting challenges that we will be taking our duos through from Episode 1 of KFC Taste Kitchen. Prepare to feast your eyes on delectable spreads and mouth-watering sides prepped by our competing home cooks and more. Pro tip: Keep a notepad handy.

Success stories

The very reason we are gathered here – a cool R1 million cash prize to be snatched up by one conquering duo! Join us as we change lives, starting tomorrow at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic.

KFC Taste Kitchen airs every Friday at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

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