Food buddies Donald and Luyanda. Picture supplied

Tonight on My Kitchen Rules South Africa,  Donald and Luyanda will compete against Rox and Spoen in a city-versus-country cook-off for a place in the final. 

The four teams remaining have only one shot to impress the show’s resident judges, David Higgs, and J’Something, as well as four new guest judges who return for the second season. 

Donald and Luyanda will be up against Rox and Spoen tonight on the first semi-final of My Kitchen Rules South Africa.

On the panel judging the semi-finalists are

  • Restaurateur, award-winning chef, former MasterChef SA judge and cookbook author, Reuben Riffel. Reuben’s restaurant, Reuben's in Franschhoek, has ranked in South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants for three consecutive years, and his cookbooks have all been best sellers.
  • Caterer, chef and cookbook writer, Karen Dudley who is well known for her fresh and wholesome dishes at her restaurants in Woodstock – The Kitchen and two doors down her second eatery The Dining Room.
  • Award-winning sustainable resources and ethical chef, Vanessa Marx who brings her diverse international experience to the MKR judging panel
  • Celebrity chef Lentswe Bhengu who is best known as the host of the popular Africa on a Plate TV series.

Tonight the challenge is to create a three-course meal with only two hours allowed for preparation, 30 minutes serving time each for the starter and dessert and an hour serving time for the mains.  

The contestants have to plate ten identical servings of each dish, as their competitors (Maj and Joleen and Kim and Pashi) will also be tasting their dishes! The teams will thereafter be awarded an overall experience score from the expert guest judges as well as J’Something and David Higgs, who are looking for evidence of growth from the home cooks.

To see which team goes to the final,  you can watch tonight’s episode on M-Net channel 101 at 6 pm.