Ruan & Aquilla

21 July 2017
Ruan & Aquilla were paired on the show, after auditioning as singles. They describe their pairing as the perfect partnership, gelling well and complementing each other. The two have very different plans for the winnings. Ruan would invest in a smokehouse, a brewery, restaurant and a cooking show, while Aquilla would use her share to travel the world and be the first African to go on a global culinary adventure.
Aquilla & Ruan

I Joined KFC Taste Kitchen Because...

Ruan: I failed to get through in the Durban auditions, but I was so convicted about my cooking skills, I went to the Cape Town audition and went through.

Aquilla: My friends and family encouraged me to enter.

When Did You Discover Your Passion for Cooking? 

Ruan: Aged 7, when I fell in love with spices.

Aquilla: I was 9 years old. 

What Is Your Favourite Food on the KFC Menu?

Ruan: The soft serve ice cream.

Aquilla: The dunked wings.

Describe Your Perfect Kitchen/Cooking Space

Ruan: Spacious, with a great view.

Aquilla: Equipped with all the best kitchen tools, white counter tops, and very sunny.

Words to Live By:

Ruan: You only lose what you give value to.

Aquilla: Humility, confidence and patience.