Winning the second season of My Kitchen Rules SA came as somewhat of a surprise for the sisters from the KwaZulu-Natal village of Winterton. They said they hadn’t really prepared for the eventuality of making it as far as they did, until they found themselves in the final going up against stiff competition in Kim and Pashi.
“It doesn’t feel real yet, we are still in shock,” Rox said moments after being crowned the winners.
“We’re very blessed and feel super-privilleged. I am sure everybody says that but we are super-grateful for our community and everyone who backed us.”
And now the sisters are planning on giving back to their communities, beginning with fellow contestants and cousins Ashley-William van Heerden and Christin Daniels.
“We really felt just touched by Chris and Ash’s foundation and what they were doing there was just really awesome, so we’d like to give a portion of our money to them. With the rest, we’ve got some small plans and some big plans,” Spoen said.
One of the smaller plans involves buying their helper and “best friend” Sindisiwe “a mode of transportation”.
“Helping the community around us is very close to our hearts,” Rox said.
Since they stopped filming the show, the sisters have been hosting pop-up restaurants “in the middle of nowhere”, treating 15 guests at a time to a three-course meal cooked by the sisters at the head of the table.
Their big plan is to build a restaurant at the family’s Tugela River Lodge, situated on a small game farm.
“We have a river lodge at home called the Tugela River Lodge and we’re building a little restaurant there. Our focus is on this large vegetable garden there. Spoen is really passionate about growing produce and organic vegetables,” said Rox.
“Our passion is just to be growing produce and teaching people how vegetables come about and what makes them organic and what goes into the food they’re eating.”
The restaurant will launch with a breakfast menu and then over time, add lunch and dinner menus.