THE fifth season of the South African edition of Come Dine With Me started a few weeks ago and TV viewers can’t get enough!

They started the show with an range of popular local stars who cooked up a storm with the hope of winning the big prize.

Season five visits Pretoria, Joburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town where it takes viewers into the homes of some of Mzansi’s most unusual citizens to see if they have what it takes to be crowned “the host with the most” and win the much-coveted R10 000 prize.

Joel Churcher, vice president and general manager of BBC Studios in Africa, said: “We are excited to see how season five of is being received.

“Not only does the new season kick off with our four famous faces but it then goes on to showcase some of the funniest and most outrageous South Africans yet.

“It really is a show where you can expect anything.”

Executive producer Kee-Lee Irvine of Rapid Blue, the production company behind the show, said: “At the start of casting every season, the team wonders if they’ll be able to top the last seasons’ highs but I’m thrilled to say that indeed we have.

“Season five delivers an absolute feast of spicy characters and delicious entertainment that is so wonderfully reflective of how much South Africans love to cook and socialise.

“There are some truly fascinating servings throughout the series.”

The first three series have been huge ratings hits in South Africa and in 2013, the programme won a best international format show award at the seventh annual South African Film and Television Awards – the Saftas – for that year.

The next episode – dubbed “The Battle of the Curries” – heads back to Joburg with the bubbly hosts: Storm, the student and boxing enthusiast; former actor and media maverick, Jean Claude; IT guru Kyle, who loves a checked shirt as well as self-confessed loud-mouth, PR and fashion fundi Lorraine.

  • Catch Come Dine With Me South Africa on BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120) at 8pm on Mondays.