Ultimate Braai Master: It's time to get tough

By Jaco Hough-Coetzee
18 September 2014

Tonight viewers will see the 15 Ultimate Braai Master teams travel to the picturesque town of Witsand, situated on SA’s East Coast.

Tonight viewers will see the 15 Ultimate Braai Master teams travel to the picturesque town of Witsand, situated on SA’s East Coast.

Here they’re split into five groups of three teams each and after an unexpected adventure on the Breede River the teams regroup to battle it out in a highly pressurised challenge that’s all about fish.

Contestants who aren’t able to collaborate to deliver the gourmet goods end up in an elimination challenge that sees one team’s dream of taking the title go up in smoke. Who will it be? Watch Ultimate Braai Master tonight (Thursday 18 September) on e.tv at 8:30pm.

 The 15 teams competing are: 

SANTA ANNA’S

Stellenbosch-based business partners Piet Marais (29) and Frik Oosthuizen (24) entered Ultimate Braai Master for the chance to get away from the grind of city life for a while. While Braai Master Piet is devastated to be missing the Western Cape wild mushroom season and Braai Buddy Frik is going to miss his girlfriend and his dog, they have big dreams if they win, including donating money to the Rhino Fund.

BRAAI DUKES

Cousins Milani Motlohi (21) and Kevin Jonas (21) are highly motivated students from Durban who hope to open their own restaurant if they win. Their team mantra is “Something worth doing is worth doing well” but they acknowledge that braaing in remote places and in difficult conditions will be a huge challenge."

Kevin Jonas of Team Braai Dukes shows what he can do on a open flame. Kevin Jonas of Team Braai Dukes shows what he can do on a open flame.

BUSHIES GONE WILD

Durban friends Sherwyn Weaich (24) and Zane Jacobs (36) entered the third season of Ultimate Braai Master for their love of food, good company and of course, to try to get their braai-singed-fingers on the cash! Sherwyn says nothing about the competition scares him, but Zane admits that dealing with the unknown will be a little nerve-wracking.

ALA MOFEPE

Pretoria chefs Freddy Buyane (43) and Jabu Mahlangu (33) are both huge Jamie Oliver fans and believe this competitionwill help them to improve their skills and become as successful as their icon. With this as their motivation, it’s no surprise that their team mantra is “Skill, taste and character.”

TIKKA BOYS

Cape Town friends Mohammed Yusuf Sujee (26) and Stephen Nandes (26) are both junior sous chefs with big dreams. If they win, Yusuf hopes to open his own restaurant and Stephen wants to travel and spoil his family. Their team mantra is “Never say burn” so let’s hope they live up to their goal.

SIMPLY SISTERS

Who says braai competitions are for men? Jozi-based Busisiwe Dhladhla (32) and Thembeka Ngcobo (31) have their eye on the title! Their icons are Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana, so this a team who’ll give it their all, although Braai Master Busisiwe admits she’s not looking forward to going fishing.

KAIINGS AND AFVAL

Jozi-based couple Tippie Enslin (43) and Santie Mostert (43) are passionate about nature and food. Braai Buddy Santie says she’ll miss her bed and underfloor heating the most, while Tippie says he’ll miss the company of his two dogs.

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT

Durban siblings Barend Deminey (31) and Lente Deminey (26) entered to see what they’re capable of, pursue new challenges and explore the unfamiliar. Their team mantra is “You’ll never know unless you try” – so they’re giving it a try! If they win Braai Master Barend wants to use the money towards his kids’ future education and his sister and Braai Buddy Lente wants to go on a trip to Antarctica.

DELICIOUS FOODIES

As the only mother-and-daughter team to make it through to the top 15, Braai Master Brigitte Leclercq (24) and Braai Buddy Lynn Leclercq (48) from Gordon’s Bay plan to live up to their team motto of “Eat well, laugh often and love much.” They think cooking food they’ve never cooked before on an open fire will be the most challenging part of the competition.

The only mother and daughter team to make it through to the top 15: Braai Master Brigitte Leclercq and Braai Buddy Lynn Leclercq from Team Delicious Foodies. The only mother and daughter team to make it through to the top 15: Braai Master Brigitte Leclercq and Braai Buddy Lynn Leclercq from Team Delicious Foodies.

TEAM TENACITY

Cape Town-based life partners Rod Hemphill (60) and Lesley Verhoef (59) entered Ultimate Braai Master for their love of adventure. While they think the most challenging part of the competition will be to keep calm while everyone else is losing their cool, Braai Buddy Lesley says waiting for the judges to make a decision might be even tougher.

SUGAR AND SPICE

Jozi-based best friends Celeste Raynard (47) and Chantal Geerdes (43) share a passion for food and travelling, and their team motto is “Through thick and thin, sick and sin.” They’ve prepared themselves to have everything put to the test – their cooking skills, fitness, intellect, integrity and willingness to embrace the unknown.

TONG IN CHEEK

Friends Penny Rider (55) from Johannesburg and Dee McCool (55) from Cape Town say they are “In it to win it!” and if they do they’ll split the cash. Braai Master Penny wants to get a food truck on the road to sell organic, healthy fast food.

THE FIRE FEEDERS

As the first and only Port Elizabeth team to make it into the top 15, friends Stuart Smith (42) and Bretton-Anne Moolman (45) say they’re up for the challenge. If they walk away with the title, the car and the cash, Stuart wants to use his share to set up a travelling food truck and journey across South Africa, while Anne wants to buy a car.

WESKUS BRAAIERS

West Coast-based best friends John Stewart Grundlingh (35) and Bruno Julian Mori (34) entered for the love of the braai and in memory of their best friend who sadly passed away a year ago. Their team mantra is “Never give up and live life to the full”. Julian says surfing and fishing are what he’ll miss most while on the road for two months, while John says he’ll miss his wife (although he admits this might be the safest answer!)

MIX MASALA

Farm store manager Sujith Singh (40) and wedding planner Preshen Maharaj (31) are both from KwaZulu-Natal. Their braai mantra is “To de-stress, start cooking now!” but when the pressure is on, they admit the combination of the unexpected and having to use limited ingredients might be their biggest challenge.

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