Jamandi and Machiel Bekker won the first My Kitchen Rules South Africa season, and quickly became known and loved as the local-is-lekker dynamic duo, the #LekkerBekkers.
They live in their hometown, Bloemfontein, with their two children and own a four-star guesthouse, Solo Gracia Guesthouse, where they live their passion for entertaining guests.
Life did not always go the way they planned. As a child, Machiel wanted to become a pastor, but instead became a door-to-door salesman after school. Jamandi wanted to be a famous actress and went to study drama. After a stint as a part-time clown and fairy, she met her own Prince Charming, aka Machiel, married him, and had two beautiful babies.
Cooking together is one of their favourite hobbies. They love to entertain family and friends with delicious hearty and creative foods. This passion led them to opening the guest house, where they can live their dream to play host to many amazing people and whip up scrumptious culinary pleasures, including unconventional ways of making pizzas on Webbers and bringing Boerekos tappas and fine dining to everyone.
They are at their happiest in the kitchen, with a bottle of wine, cooking for friends and family. Yes, they do sing while they cook! Their favourite song is ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles, from which they have derived their slogan, ‘Hey Food!’
Competing in MKRSA was the couple’s unique way of celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary with an epic adventure. It proved to be a great test of their love, friendship, and partnership. Their teamwork saw them to the finish line and walking away with the prize.
Winning My Kitchen Rules South Africa has opened many more avenues, which have led to new and exciting adventures, such as their pop-up restaurants, conferencing and events business, food demos and their regular social food club, which is hosted at Solo Gracia Guesthouse.
Jamandi is well-known and loved by fans for:
Jamandi is “the girl next door” who easily makes conversation, naturally reads crowds and make top class entertainment sound and look effortless.
Actress, Voice Artist, Creativity
Machiel is well-known and loved by fans for:
Machiel is “the guy next door” who easily makes conversation, naturally reads crowds and make top class entertainment sound and look effortless.
Singing, Dancing, Voice Artist, Sales personality
These two vibrant entertainers & home cooks are passionate about life, each other , family and friends… their passion is contagious!
They share a passion for food and people with each other and their fans, which makes them a superstar act in the kitchen and on stage.
Their unconventional ways of communicating and cooking ensures an entertainment experience not to be missed.
They are not only the perfect match for each other, but also the perfect fit for:
****Fluent in Afrikaans & English
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