When local choreographer and television personality Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung attends a red-carpet event, he pulls out all the stops. He brings out those famous red-bottom Louboutin heels covered in shiny studs, a skin-baring suit with 6m OTT train, and a bold hairstyle to match. He is the king of over-the-top, of course.
This time around, Somizi puts the king-sized effort into something else: cooking – on his new lifestyle show Dinner At Somizi’s. Each week, he’ll be hosting a celebrity guest at his lavish house, where he’ll prepare a mouth-watering meal followed by juicy conversations that are filled with laughter, Somizi sass and witty punchlines.
“This isn’t your typical cooking show,” says Somizi. “I’m not a chef and I don’t necessarily teach viewers how to cook. I just happen to love cooking and food brings my guest and I together. We chat about anything and everything while we’re enjoying the meal,” adds the host. To round off the feast rather than a dessert, he mixes a SomGaga cocktail to end the evening.
Spicing things up
With over 3 decades in the entertainment industry, Somizi has rubbed shoulders with A-listers and he’s also made friends with a long list of celebs who’ll be making an appearance on Dinners At Somizi. The guest list includes Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, the country’s World Cup-winning national rugby captain Siya Kolisi, and even local rap superstar Cassper Nyovest.
In the first episode though, Somizi will be hanging out with his husband, Mohale Motaung-Mhlongo, as well as actress and author Rami Chuene. While Rami left The Queen early this year, fans can see her playing Jumima in BET’s (DStv 135) brand-new telenovela Isono, which launches later this month. But she’s not there because she has a new show to parade. “This is what separates my show from a lot of cooking shows that only host celebrities because they’re famous or relevant,” says Somizi. “I have a personal relationship with all my guests. I thought that it would be a great idea to have viewers listen in on the conversations I’d have with my mates during our dinner dates.”