Jamandi and Machiel outcooked Lani and Louzel to take the second spot in the My Kitchen Rules series finale!
In the season finale on Sunday, Jamandi and Machiel will cook against best friends from Johannesburg, Charnell and Kerry. Not only will these teams be facing a mammoth finale challenge, but they will also have to deal with the pressure of cooking for some very special and illustrious guests.
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In the latest mouth-watering cook-off, Lani, Louzel, Jamandi and Machiel pulled out all of the stops as they each presented a spectacular three-course menu for judges David Higgs and J’Something, as well as a panel of celebrity guest judges comprising Reuben Riffel, Vanessa Marx, Karen Dudley and Lentswe Bhengu.
“The competition isn’t only about going up against another team. It’s also about pushing your own boundaries and doing your very best. That’s what this competition is about,” a reflective Louzel noted as she walked into the gleaming Kitchen HQ with her mother by her side.
Jamandi and Machiel were surprisingly emotional before the challenge kicked off too. “I never thought I would get to live out my food dream, and with my best friend by my side,” a slightly tearful Jamandi gushed.
“It’s been an incredible experience so far, and it’s a true honour to be cooking against Lani and Louzel in this round,” Machiel added.
Lani and Louzel wanted to celebrate being South African. They created Bobotie spring rolls with a mango and coriander chutney and fresh coconut as the starter, followed by a “Celebration of Lamb” consisting of pulled lamb and a lamb rack for mains, served with pumpkin two ways and a cucumber and mint pickle. For their dessert they opted for a brandy snap, ginger biscuit, vanilla ice cream and figs two ways, and for many of the judges, their sweet creation was the dish of the day.
Jamandi and Machiel created sesame seared tuna with sushi rice, a pineapple and cucumber salsa and ponzu sauce as a starter, and for their main meal they chose to make a lamb Osso Buco with polenta, which was incredibly well received by the judges. “That tasted like home!” an elated Chef Lentswe Bhengu raved. Bringing their inspiration back home for their dessert, Jamandi and Machiel prepared a crumbed carrot cake with hazelnut ice cream and orange curd – the first cake that Jamandi had ever baked in her life!
Jamandi and Machiel narrowly beat Lani and Louzel by a mere two point margin, as the judges awarded them an overall score of 46 out of 60 points!
In the season finale next week, Jamandi and Machiel will cook against best friends from Johannesburg, Charnell and Kerry. Not only will these teams be facing a mammoth finale challenge, but they will also have to deal with the pressure of cooking for some very special and illustrious guests.
My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00.