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About the Show

KFC TASTE KITCHEN, a new ​reality ​cooking competition that takes home​ cooks on a journey of innovation & explosive taste​, has found a home on Mzansi Magic​. Over 13 weeks, 11 teams of 2 home cooks will compete against each other to create the most innovative authentic South African side dishes that complement KFC’s delicious original recipe chicken. The hope is to inspire a new range of localised KFC sides. ​E​ach week will be filled with nerve wrecking challenges that will test their creativity and innovative spirit. The series will also serve as a great platform for different South Africans from all walks of life who have a passion for cooking with the ultimate winning duo taking home ​R1 million.

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KFC TASTE KITCHEN, a new reality cooking competition that takes home cooks on a journey of innovation & explosive taste, has found a home on Mzansi Magic.

Auditions open soon!

New cooking show, KFC Taste Kitchen will hold open auditions for you to come and showcase your cooking skills. Make sure you read and understand all the terms and conditions!

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How to enter

Sign up to be a part of KFC's brand new show, KFC Taste Kitchen, then get ready to wow us at auditions. 

At the auditions, you will need to bring with you a hot or cold side dish that you have prepared at home for the judges. The side dish should show off your cooking skills. All participants should be prepared to talk to the judges about the dish and how it was prepared. At the venue, there will be food warming facilities should you bring with you a dish that requires heating. The organisers shall not be liable for any problems and/or faults which may result from heating or any failure of the equipment to function properly or as expected. All side dishes must be edible and the judges shall have the sole determination as to whether to taste a dish presented to them. Start by filling in this form:

Click here to enter.

Or download the entry form here.

Still have questions? Keep on reading:

What is KFC Taste Kitchen?

KFC Taste Kitchen is a brand new reality cooking competition that takes home cooks on a journey of innovation & explosive taste with the hope of inspiring a new range of localised KFC sides.

How does KFC Taste Kitchen work?

Over 13 weeks, 11 teams of 2 home cooks will compete against each other, to create the most innovative and authentic South African side dishes that they feel complement KFC's original recipe chicken.

What is a side dish?

A side dish, sometimes referred to as a side order, side item, or simply a side, is a food item that should accompany and complement KFC's delicious original recipe chicken. For example: mash and gravy.

Do I need to be a professional chef to enter?

No. We’re looking for South Africans from all walks of life, who have a passion for cooking.

How old do I have to be to enter?

To enter you have to be 19 years or older on 1 April 2017. We will not accept entries from potential contestants who are younger than 19.

Can I enter with a friend, instead of a family member?

You are welcome to audition for a spot in our kitchen with a family member or a friend. It’s entirely up to you. If you trust in the chemistry, it’s a “go”!

Can I audition if I don't have a partner?

Yes, you may audition as an individual, but be advised that individuals will be required to form a duo at a later stage in the selection process. Individuals who are selected at auditions will be provided with an opportunity to meet other selected individuals for purposes of teaming up. After this process, only duos will be able to proceed in KFC Taste Kitchen. The organisers will inform all individual contestants when they are required to form a duo in order to progress further and be eligible for selection to participate in KFC Taste Kitchen.

After completing the form, should I still audition?

Yes. Complete the form on our show page, then show up in person for your audition. If you are unable to fill in the application online, simply download the form, print and complete it, then bring it to your audition. Forms will also be available for completion at the auditions.

If I haven’t completed the form, can I still audition?

If you haven’t completed the form, you can still audition. Just show up at our audition venue and show us what you’ve got. 

If I have missed an audition, where and when can I catch the next one?

Our audition schedule is as follows:


1 April 2017


HTA School of Culinary Art

Free State:

8 April 2017


Sun Windmill Casino


15 April 2017


Polokwane Royal Hotel


22 April 2017


Mercure Hotel Nelspruit

KwaZulu Natal:

29 April 2017


Durban Jewish Centre

What will the winner get?

The winning duo walks away with R1 million! The full prize package will be announced at a later stage.

Where and when will KFC Taste Kitchen air?

KFC Taste Kitchen will air on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) from 14 July 2017 to 10 October 2017.

Where can I follow the conversation on social media?

Keep abreast of all things KFC Taste Kitchen on all our Mzansi Magic online properties. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Where can I enter?

Start by filling in the entry form. Click here to enter. Or download the entry form here.