Season two of Chef David Higgs’ online cooking show, Cooking for a Cause – delivered by DHL, kicks off this Monday – 19 October at 18h00 on David’s YouTube channel. Entries are now open, and all proceeds from the show will be donated to the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund.

“Season one was an incredible amount of fun, and we’re now taking it to another level,” says David. “If you are a foodie, here is your opportunity to show your peers – and rivals – just what you can do in the kitchen.  Although there is no big prize, we use the show to raise money for people in need – especially at a time like now.”

Each week, four Johannesburg-based contestants are selected to compete in a nail-biting 60-minute live cookoff. Each contestant receives an ingredient box from Food Lovers Eatery containing a selection of proteins, vegetables and herbs. At 7pm sharp, DHL will collect the contestants’ dishes and deliver them to David’s home for judging. David, and co-host Marcelle Gordon, judge the dishes based on taste, presentation and gees.

“South Africans have an emotional relationship with food,” says well-known TV anchor Marcelle. “It’s so strongly connected to our heritage and how we show love for those we cook for on the daily. And this ground-breaking show, which has taken us into so many different and diverse kitchens, is testament to that.”

All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund. During lockdown, the fund kept hope alive in many kitchens across the country. They produced meals for the old and frail, those who’d lost their jobs, and the children who weren’t getting their meals at school. Even as restaurants have begun to reopen, the fund continues to support the industry.