Stars cook for Come Dine With Me SA

2011-09-28 11:00
Sam Brighton
Johannesburg - Jeannie D, Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield, Mel Bala and other local celebs took to the kitchen to prepare the meals at the launch event for Come Dine With Me SA, held at The Eatery in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Come Dine With Me SA, a local version of the popular British show, is a ten-part series following four strangers each episode hosting dinner parties for one another, after which they are scored.

The launch event saw the celebs serve up two different menus between four tables of guests.

Generations actor Zolisa Xaluva whipped up a prawn and tomato cocktail for starters while 5FM's Poppy Ntshongwana delivered vegan brownies with Orley Whip to her tables. Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield served duck bobotie, an interesting twist on a traditional South African favourite.

Top Billing's Jeannie D served her tables strawberry and lemon sorbet for dessert that turned out to be a hit with all the tables.

Xaluva scored the highest points at his tables for his starter.

Interesting characters

Also in attendance at the launch was Kee-Leen Irvine, Managing Director of Rapid Blue, the production company responsible for the series. Speaking of the auditions for the shows, she said: "We could have used 90% of the people we auditioned; such wonderful characters."

Irvine was impressed with the public's interest in auditioning for the show, saying they received about 2 000 applications in total.


Each contestant receives R3 000 to host the dinner party: R1 500 in Pick n Pay vouchers (Pick n Pay is sponsoring the show) and R1 500 in cash.

All the dinner parties were filmed in the hosts' homes.

The first episode is set in Johannesburg and airs on BBC Entertainment (DStv channel 120) on Wednesday October 12 at 21:00.

(Photo: Twitter)


  • DEE - 2011-09-28 11:13

    Wish they would leave the "Celebs" off the reality shows, as if they dont get enough exposure, give someone else a chance at their 15 minutes of fame!

      Poppelooi - 2011-09-28 11:42

      Yes, I feel the same and do not actually see the point of it except the marketing value. Neither - in my view - do they add any content value except to promote themselves. I no longer watch shows like Survivor SA or Noot Vir Noot etc. whenever they feature celebrities as guests. Some of them are top notch egotistical farts.

      SPHONZA - 2011-09-28 11:59

      I agree, these so-called South African celebs are very greedy. They are all over like bad rash and ordinary people don't stand a chance when they have to compete with these fame mongers.

      MikeL01 - 2011-09-28 12:16

      It sounds like they are also going to punt the sponsorships as well. Why can't they just stick to the original format. If it aint broke, don't fix it!

      To The Point - 2011-09-28 20:31

      I agree. Jeannie D is already so over exposed and actually very boring mixed with common at times. With her constantly over dressing even when in the bush is clearly representative of a deprived childhood - no taste girl. Besides she is very false, boring and an irritating poser when in front of the camera. People who do not have a “You magazine” intellect see through these people. It’s the same lot in everything. Are the Top Billing crowd the only presenters in the country, they are all boring monotonous and over exposed, especially that ex Idols blond poppie now on Expresso. Come on people let's see some new faces and real talent on SA television for a change.

  • Ollie - 2011-09-28 11:21

    Oh well am sure another boring SA production as usual. Thought i would watch that LG show where cooks are been chosen for Masterchef SA - only managed to watch about three minutes. Why are SA shows do dull. The presenters were awful, must record the show and when I can't sleep can put this on and will fall asleep in minutes.

      LIZZIE_1 - 2011-09-28 11:29

      You are so right, Ollie! I watched the LG show last night for the first time and was totally embarrassed by the poor presenters and very boring contestants. Can't we please have a show of international quality for a change? Are we really that boring?

      Annie - 2011-09-28 12:44

      @Ollie. What is the LG show? I love masterchef ( the australian one) and looking forward to the SA one and hoping like hell that they dont mess it up.

  • Burnicus - 2011-09-28 11:24

    I really hope they use the same British narrator, as he is hilarious and basically carries the entire show. Let's face it, the general public aren't qualified actors.

      Nikki - 2011-09-28 12:06

      ...couldn't agree more Barnicle! ...that is what made the british show! I hope for their part Rapid Blue took massive care that they get someone in the same mould otherwise I am afraid - it will flop/burn! Lol!

      stack - 2011-09-28 12:45

      apparently it is the same guy they are using - thank goodness because he is hilarious!

      charley - 2011-09-28 13:07

      Only watch the show to listen to this guy. His snide remarks are brilliant.

      To The Point - 2011-09-28 20:44

      Oh NO not another Rapid Blue flop they messed up all the other great overseas shows. They can’t even copy a programme with class and now this show will also go down the drain. Hope we can still see the original with its narrator as that is worth watching. Bet Rapid Blue will use that irritating Soli Philander as commentator. Another “jou Ma se” production.

  • CynicBelieve - 2011-09-28 11:32

    Isn't the whole idea of the program to show ordinary South Africans? Why the sudden "preference" to the celebs? I agree with DEE

  • emz - 2011-09-28 12:20

    honestly, why do South Africans always have to make everything about the so called celebrities? come on are there no real people living in SA? give us a break

  • stack - 2011-09-28 12:46

    guys i think they celebs were only doing the launch - not the actual program

      Bruce Derek Glaister - 2011-09-28 17:51

      Stack, I am sure you areright, I am sure that they are not that stupid to get the "celebs" to be contestants, I just wish I could have done the narrating, seeing as I am a Master Chef by trade, and feel that South Africans need to get that dry sense of humour from the voice over. Audience should roll in histerics.

  • Ollie - 2011-09-28 13:05

    @ Annie - Lg's Life Tastes Good Competition on home channel - it's a competition to see who will be in Masterchef SA - don't bother to watch though

  • Inki - 2011-09-28 13:58

    The narrator is excellent, the UK participants are twats!! Let's hope our lot do us proud and don't try to promote their own importance too much!!!

  • - 2011-09-28 14:31

    Yes guys the celebs were only there for the launch, there will be normal SA peep competing in the show

  • Bruce Derek Glaister - 2011-09-28 17:42

    Dee I agree, I have written a "chef Show" myself, been to rapid blue, would absolutely love to get into the "Film Industry", but keep getting stuck, and seem to have to keep trodding on with my 19 yrs Cheffing experience working the old 19 hour shifts.One day.

  • Bruce Derek Glaister - 2011-09-28 17:45

    Hear Yee! There are sooo many brilliant people wh have exactly what it would take to become " The next Ramsay, but never get the chance because of the "recurring" appearances of the current "Celebrity" Peeps. What can we do to get noticed?????

  • louise.minchinton.smith - 2011-10-13 15:42

    Think Dave Lamb the narrator was brilliant on the show! love his sense of humour/wit/one liners and put downs.Not being rude but don't think there is anyone out there in SA, who could have done a better job. Love to watch the program for his comments alone !

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