BY BILLY SUTER
IF YOU fancy the idea of being in a television series, good news is that two local cooking reality shows series are soon to hold auditions for contestants.
The Great South African Bake Off is scheduled to return to DStv’s BBC Lifestyle (channel 174) later this year – and if you think you have what it takes to be crowned the nation’s best amateur baker then the show’s producers want to hear from you.
Applications for series three close on Monday, June 12, and information on how to apply can be found at http://www.bbcsouthafrica.com
Filming for the 10-part series, scheduled to air later this year, will take place in Johannesburg. The Love Productions format will once again be produced locally by Rapid Blue, 2016 Safta winners for Strictly Come Dancing and award-winning producers of Come Dine with Me South Africa.
The creative baking competition series will provide plenty of inspiration and fun as the amateurs go all-out to impress the judges, ultimately hoping to bake their way to the final.
Each week the bakers will be given a new technique to master that will stretch their baking skills as they race against the clock and each other to deliver a show-stopping, mouth-watering creation. But after nine weeks of whisking and piping, only one can emerge victorious.
Cait McWilliams, winner of the second series, said: “Being crowned the winner of The Great South African Bake Off has been life changing. It has provided me with so many opportunities, and given me a platform to one-day turn baking into my career. Don’t hesitate to enter, as it is truly a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.”
Throughout series two, The Great South African Bake Off helped BBC Lifestyle to become the number one channel in its competitor set on DStv’s platform. It attracted, on average, 100 000 viewers each week, according to a DStv spokesman.
Also of note is that pairs of amateur chefs are being sought to dish up drama and three-course meals in a new M-Net reality cooking series, My Kitchen Rules South Africa.
“Later this year, M-Net (DStv channel 101) viewers will witness how the knives come out and all kinds of drama and delectable dishes unfold in pressure-cooker settings in the South African version of My Kitchen Rules,” says a spokesman.
“If you want to be part of all the magic, however, you will have to get your culinary act together chop-chop.
“Auditions kick off in Johannesburg on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28,and will then move to Cape Town and Durban on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4.”
Based on the popular Australian show, which is already in its eighth season Down Under, My Kitchen Rules South Africa will showcase a diverse range of local foodie pairs who will have to cook up a storm and entertain to go all the way to the final and win some fabulous prizes.
“While your partner”for the series can be anyone from your spouse to your best friend, neighbour, brother or mother, there are two phases to the competition.
“First, in the Instant Restaurant round the cooking pairs have to host the show’s other contestants as well as two celebrity chefs in their own home. Then, in the second phase, the action continues with a series of challenges in the My Kitchen Rules South Africa (kitchen headquarters, as well as in various locations around South Africa.”
“M-Net and the My Kitchen Rules team will be looking for real people who love real food,” says Jan du Plessis, director of M-Net channels.
“We’re inviting authentic, honest, everyday South Africans who are passionate about cooking, entertaining and having fun and who can put together a creative menu in their own personal style.
“There should also be a real connection between you and the person who will be working by your side. It’s important that you have a strong relationship, no matter what type of chemistry you may endure when the pots, pans, crockery and cutlery come out. But it will all start with a cold dish… served in a hot way!”
For the open auditions, the pairs need to wow the My Kitchen Rules team with a cold dish of their choice – which can be a starter, main course or dessert. Contestants need to arrive at the venue with the ingredients or dish packed in a cooler box with ice, to ensure the meal stays fresh.
Tables will be provided to plate the dish for presentation, but all the elements must be ready for assembly, as well as all the necessary equipment and crockery for plating.
Both members of the team also have to be South African citizens or have permanent residence status. Participants also need to be 18 years old by June 1, 2017.
Open auditions for My Kitchen Rules South Africa will take place between 8am and 5pm at the following venues:
Johannesburg – May 27 and 28
International Hotel School
4 Kikuyo Road, Sunninghill, Sandton
Durban – June 3 and 4
International Hotel School
124 Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville, Durban
Cape Town – 3 June and 4 June
International Hotel School
2nd Floor, 106 Adderley Street, Cape Town
“To shortcut the process, you can also enter online. If your entry is submitted 48 hours before the open auditions begin in your city, we can process it and you will benefit from a fast track at the audition.
“ Submit your entry online, go to the fast track desk on arrival at the open auditions and if your name is on the list, you will skip the registration process and be able to jump the queue.
For more information as well as Frequently Asked Questions, go to www.mnet.tv/mkr