NOW WE’RE COOKING!
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Cooking shows have been a global culture for years and South Africa has slowly adapted to the heat in the kitchen and is embracing the trend.
Shows like Come Dine with Me SA, Master Chef SA, Kasi Kitchen, The Perfect Sishebo Show are similar to the international cooking shows but have a hint of the Mzansi flavour.
Come Dine With Me SA has been on for three seasons and sadly the show will not see its fourth season as it has been cancelled.
“I love the show and have seen every episode of every season of the British series, and find that there are also really common and embarrassing people in the UK too. You get them in all walks of life, in every country including South Africa,” said Melanie Pienaar.
Not everyone agrees with Melanie. Some are glad the show has come to an end.
Christopher Mark Lowe says it was a shocking series.
“Compared to its British and Australian counterparts, the South African show was appalling, amateurish, embarrassing and awkward,” said Lowe.
“It was a pathetic series, only managed to watch half of an episode. Most of the people on the show are common, it had no class at all,” said Gary Evans.
Derek Less defended the show by saying that “most people are embarrassed because it’s so close to home, the show reflects the reality of South Africa.”
The Perfect Sishebo Show was started to promote Rajah products and they paved a way for other new shows.
Local shows lack originality and creativity, Londeka Xhoba feels. “Shows like The Perfect Cooks mundane rice and curry as we do at home using spices and ingredients we know.”
As much as some of these shows may be a duplicate of international shows, to cater to a South African audience they have to adapt a bit.