Nadia and Jacques take home the Ultimate prize

By Kirstin Buick
19 December 2013

After weeks of tension and watching them sizzle we finally have a winner of SABC3 reality TV show Ultimate Braai Master!

Good Better Braai clinched the coveted title in last night’s finale. Long distance partners Jacques Bester and Nadia Botha are ecstatic. “Nadia and I never gave up, even when we were running on empty and tensions were firing!” Jacques says.

'Nadia and I never gave up, even when we were running on empty and tensions were firing'

Jacques and Nadia emerged victorious after an eight-hour “bring and braai” challenge against team rivals Kate George and Jonno Proudfoot of Coal Play and brothers Etienne and Hein Gersbach of West Coast Bro’s.

This competition featured South Africa’s top 15 teams consisting of a Braai Master and a Braai Buddy competing in an extreme 60-day outdoor cooking road trip across the country. At each location, teams were challenged to push the boundaries on what can be cooked on an open fire.

Jacques, a hardware shop owner of Port Nolloth in the North West without any formal cooking experience, and Nadia, a guesthouse manager in Windhoek with chef school training, think they’d be this successful.

“Jacques and I didn't expect to get further than the first episode, but we pushed on and now it’s such a blessing to walk away as the Ultimate Braai Masters of 2013,” Nadia says.

“This competition has shown me that even what you perceive as impossible can be achieved with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work!” Jacques adds.

They won the title, R500 000 and a Renault Koleos 4 x4. Coal Play and West Coast Bro’s each walked away with R100 000.

“When Justin announced that we'd won, it felt utterly surreal,” Nadia says. “It made me feel a lot closer to our heritage because this is what we do as South Africans: we braai. To be part of the whole experience, meeting new people and making new friends, getting to know myself, being outdoors in our own beautiful country and of course, getting to know my partner better, was such an invaluable gift. I have memories that I will treasure forever.”

- Jaco Hough-Coetzee

  • Could you be South Africa’s next Ultimate Braai Master?  Enter the Third Season of Pick n Pay’s Ultimate Braai Master: Time for Tough now via www.ultimatebraaimaster.com. Entries close at midnight on 14 February 2014.

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