• Will air on BBC Entertainment Channel.
  • Channel 120 on DSTV every Wednesday evening at 21:00 hours from the 21st October 2011.
  • Set your decoder to record just in case you miss something.
  • Going to be huge fun.

By now everyone must have watched the BBC food series Come Dine With Me, with those hilarious, jaded and sarcastic remarks by the British actor and narrator, Dave Lamb. Well South Africa will start airing our own version of Come Dine With Me on BBC Entertainment (channel 120 on DSTV) every Wednesday evening at 9pm from 12 October 2011. Dave Lamb will of course be doing the narration on our home grown version of the show too. It just wouldn’t be the same without him.

I am waiting in absolute anticipation of the fun and chaos that will ensue, with our rainbow nation and mix of rich and poor and cultural cuisines that differ radically from chakalaka based sauces to braai marinades to boboties to spicy curries to pickled fish. These will add to the eccentricity of the show and should have every South African glued to their televisions waiting to see what plays out around the South African dinner tables. BBC’s intro to the show says it all: take four colourful characters, add in a few cross words, stir until passions boil and simmer for three courses. Finally add a pinch of drama before serving piping hot.

Contestants were chosen from entrants ranging between Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The 10-part series will be shot in the three cities. Come Dine With Me South Africa was produced locally by Rapid Blue and is proudly sponsored by Pick n Pay, with associate sponsorship from Knorr. This is the first local production commissioned by BBC Worldwide channels for the African region. The four contestants will vie with each other for a prize of
R10 000

Cannot wait, I will be setting my system up to start recording every episode in case I may miss one along the way. Have a look at the TV promo to whet your appetite: