Exclusive interview with Disney Cookabout hosts Kirsten and Mthunzi!

The hit kids’ cooking game show is heading to Gauteng! We got to know “chef” Kirsten and “sous chef” Mthunzi.

What do you get when you take a handful of budding young chefs, throw in loads of hilarity, then take it all outside to explore and gather the freshest local ingredients before heading back to the studio to mix it all up in one awesome, fun-filled pot? Yes, you guessed right! —Disney Cookabout is back for a brand-new season on Disney Channel, and this time, the show is heading to Gauteng! The Emmy-nominated kids’ game show sees young cooktestants cooking it out for the weekly Silver Spoon award and, ultimately, the Golden Trophy and a grand prize of R50 000, which will be donated to their schools to spend on healthy living initiatives.

Get to know the brilliantly funny hosts:

“Chef” Kirsten

Who’s your favourite famous chef or foodie?

Oh, that’s a difficult one. I wouldn’t say there’s one specific person, but I love Masterchef, so I’ll have to go with judge Manu. He comes across as very authentic and serious, but I think he’s quite a softie. I enjoy watching him. I’d love to taste his dishes. And, he’s attractive.

What song are you playing on repeat right now?

I love Lauren Hill, and right now I’m listening to her album The Miseducation of Lauren Hill and I truly enjoy every song in that album. The whole album is on repeat actually. And there’s this new artist called Alisa, her music is really hitting all the right notes.

What makes you smile?

That definitely has to be my nephew. Seeing him, hearing his laugh – he never fails to put me in the best of moods.

What was your first job ever?

I used to work at this indoor playground called Jumbo Rumbo, and I used to help parents book their kids in and organise everything for the kids. I was still in high school at that time … I’ve just realised that I’ve always been drawn working with kids!

What was your worst job ever?

When I was in varsity, I had a job in the retail sector and oh my gosh, I’m never doing that again! Anyone who’s worked in retail knows that we get blamed for anything, even stuff we have no control over. I would get yelled at by customers, and I’d be like “but I didn’t make the clothes…”

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Dog, 100%. No doubt about it.

What talent do you wish you had?

I so wish I could sing because I love musical theatre. I wish I could sing, dance and do that whole contemporary singing dancing act.

Who was the last comedian to make you laugh out loud?

Besides Mthunzi? It would have to be Ebenhaezer Dibakwane. I think he’s so funny, I laughed so much at his stand-up comedy show.

“Sous chef” Mthunzi

What do you like most about yourself?

Nothing really gets me down. I always try to find the humour in everything – it’s my coping mechanism.

What’s the one thing you’ve learnt from the contestants on Disney Cookabout?

That anything is possible. Believe me when I say that some of them couldn’t hold a fork when they started, but by the time they left, they could cook Kirsten under the table. These kids have shown me that “impossible” is just a word that gives you boundaries that don’t even exist.

What do you value most in a friend?

Such a long list of things, but the two things that resonate with me would be loyalty and honesty. I strongly believe in those, and hey, I practise what I preach, so best believe I’m loyal.

What’s the one thing you do every night before you sleep?

I ask myself what did I do today to accomplish my dreams, and if I don’t have an answer then I’m in trouble, because that means I’ve wasted a day.

What’s the best thing about your job?

No day is the same. Every day is like day one, every day has its challenges and excitement. I enjoy how yesterday was completely different from today, and I know for a fact tomorrow will be different from today. That’s the beauty of my job.

Since you’re also an actor, what’s the best acting advice you’ve ever received?

The best acting advice I got was from my acting coach, Justin Strydom – “don’t act, just be”, that’s it. Acting is Charlie Chaplin and we don’t do that anymore. It’s about being real. Be you. Just be.

Disney Cookabout S3 on Saturday 27 July on Disney Channel (303) at 10:15