NEW COOKING SHOW: KFC Taste Kitchen Hits Mzansi Screens Tonight #TasteKitchen

KFC Taste Kitchen Host and Judges

NEW COOKING SHOW: KFC Taste Kitchen Hits Mzansi Screens Tonight #TasteKitchen


KFC Taste Kitchen premieres on Friday, 14 July at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic.


The show takes 11 South Africans from all walks of life on a 13-week action packed journey of culinary taste sensations, emotional rollercoaster and nerve-wracking challenges. Giving contestants an opportunity to showcase their most innovative authentic South African side dishes complementing KFC’s Original Recipe® Chicken. Every week, these budding cooks get a chance to create a mouth-watering side which is judged by South African celebrity Chef’s Lentswe Bhengu and Lucia Mthiyane. The winning duo will take home the grand prize of R1 million.


KFC Taste Kitchen Host and Judges

KFC Taste Kitchen Host and Judges: Bonang Matheba, Lentswe Bengu and Lucia Mthiyane


KFC Taste Kitchen is a flavour filled reality TV show, filled with authentic local content, a shared experience and a great platform for different South Africans with a passion for cooking and a taste for success. “The idea was to take local home cooks on a journey of innovation and explosive taste with the hope of inspiring a new local side dish,” says Mike Middleton, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC Africa.

It all started in KFC’s very own innovation kitchen, where new products are developed, tried and tested, to create the great tasting meals South Africans have come to know and love from KFC.  The brainchild of a TV show came to life to share the journey of innovation to create Finger Licken’ Good food, and so the KFC Taste Kitchen was born.


He adds, “KFC believes in home grown talent and providing an opportunity that enables South Africans to be heard and seen. We always seek new ways to create meaningful and lasting experiences with our customers. Through the show, we aim to add value to the lives of contestants by highlighting their entrepreneurial spirit and their love for Finger Licken Good food.”

Over the years, KFC has continued to immerse itself in the lives of South Africans, spreading its Finger Licking Good family culture. Now the time has come for South African viewers to share the love by following every moment of this exciting reality television show.


Thabisa Mkhwanazi, Public Affairs Director, KFC Africa, says, “It’s a first for us and we’re looking forward to sharing this with the rest of the country. We support home-grown talent and the show provides an opportunity through the KFC brand to celebrate various authentic culinary creations”.


Collaborating with media personality Bonang Matheba as the host, adding more spice to the show.



If you miss KFC Taste Kitchen on Friday nights at 19h00 on Mzansi Magic, don’t fret.  You can catch a repeat on Sundays 14h00 – 15h00.


The show promises to be very exciting and I look forward to seeing my girl, Lucia Mthiyane’s commentary as a judge.  Will you be watching tonight?

Follow the conversation on the KFC on Twitter, FB and Instagram using the hashtag #TasteKitchen.

You may also want to try out this mouth-watering Baked Chicken and Coconut Rice 

Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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