Come Dine With Me South Africa finaleIt’s the season five Come Dine With Me South Africa finale and we’re heading to Cape Town to witness our last bunch of competitive hosts cook up a storm. The finale sees hippy-at-heart Yvette, chilli king Brian, pescatarian fundraising pro Rasheda and good-time guy Imtiyaaz all providing a big dose of Cape humour, but who will come out on top?

Come Dine With Me South Africa finale contestants

Name: Bryan (Bryanie) Torien

Occupation: Head of Operations at Dunstan Thomas Consulting

Hosting menu: Butter chicken starter, vindaloo as mains, ginger pudding and homemade custard with rotis, breads and sambals. (Bonus: a pot of chilli for those daring enough to taste)

Why did you audition for the show? I love food and I love to create food. I also enjoy the format of the show and the narration by Dave Lamb – he is so funny. I also wanted to showcase people from the Cape Flats and their love to have a good time and celebrate our “Yaardt Culture”.

 Name: Imtiyaaz Hart

Occupation: Media Coordinator and part-time bartender

Hosting menu: Pineapple salad with seared steaks, thai green prawn curry, raspberry cheesecake with Turkish delight ice cream

What’s been your biggest dinner party disaster to date? I cooked seafood and no-one at the dinner party liked fish.

Name: Rasheda (Rash) Van Den Hurk

Occupation: Events and PR co coordinator

Hosting menu: Smoked mussel pots, butter chicken curry with roti, panna cotta with rose syrup and pistachio

What’s the one thing people would be shocked to find out about you? That I was a full on hippie – I travelled the world with a backpack!

 Name: Yvette Louw

Occupation: Housewife

Hosting menu: Peri peri chicken livers, lamb shanks with mashed potato, poached pears with homemade ice cream

How would you describe yourself? Amazing, fabulous, funny and inclined to suffer from foot in mouth disease.

Come Dine With Me South Africa finale

Come Dine With Me South Africa finale begins!

Night one falls to extrovert and hippy Yvette to host. Kicking off this week’s battle of the chillies, Yvette starts her menu off with peri peri chicken livers, lamb shanks for mains and concludes with poached pears for dessert. Yvette’s love-filled prep, positive energy and talk-a-minute nature sets the bar high. With an evening filled with banter, fun and hilarious comments – will it be the winning night?

Night two and its home-growing chilli expert Brian’s turn to host. In an attempt to turn up the heat in the competition, Brian serves his guest a menu of butter chicken with spoon bread for the starter, a lamb vindaloo for mains and a ginger pudding for dessert. A profusion of sweat, hundreds of chillies and talk of the Cape sees Brian plod his way through prep but forget to dress to his own disco theme! Can Brain stand the heat in the kitchen and come out the chilli king, or will his evening burn his guests’ taste buds away and land him some tepid scores?

Night three of the Come Dine With Me SA finale falls to serial entertainer and avid pescatarian Rasheda to host. Out to win it, Rasheda’s menu consists of a smoked mussels and roti starter, butter chicken curry (for the second night in a row) for mains and an elachi and rosewater panna cotta with pistachio brittle for dessert. Her prep doesn’t quite go to plan and Brian fails to follow the ‘Spice Around the World ‘dress code, resulting in the night getting off to a rocky start, but will Cape Town’s self-appointed queen of entertaining do enough to impress the others and beat the previous two nights?

It’s night four and the pressure is on for barman Imtiyaaz to win the cash prize. While charming his guests to tears with a series of heartfelt gifts and gestures, does he have a menu to match? All with cryptic titles, he serves his guests ‘Who Lies in a Pineapple Under the Sea’  for starters,‘ Prawn to be Wild ‘for mains, and a ‘Berry Beautiful Say Cheese ‘dessert, so he’s in with a fighting chance. Brian tops the night by doing the splits on the dance-floor, but who will steal centre stage when the winner is revealed at the Come Dine With Me SA finale?

What: Come Dine With Me South Africa finale

Where and when: BBC Brit, DStv Channel 120 on 3 June 2019

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