‘Ultimate Braai Master’: Local team ‘hot brothers’ needs your help

2013-03-20 00:00

A LOVE of the outdoors and cooking over an open fire prompted Pietermaritzburg resident Eldry Leibrandt and his Stanger-based team-mate, Louis Pillay, to enter the second season of Justin Bonello’s reality show Ultimate Braai Master.

Their team Shisa Mfethu (Hot Brothers) made it into the top nine teams at the Durban auditions after a secret pressure test during which they had 15 minutes to create a winning dish on a braai.

With the final teams to be announced after this weekend’s auditions in Johannesburg, team Shisa Mfethu needs your help to get them through to the next round. Every “like” for the Facebook page Team Shisa Mfethu is a vote.

Leibrandt (34), a senior architectural technologist at Mthulisi Msimang Architects, and Pillay (29), who works for Carlabour Hire at Sappi Saicor, entered the competition to see how far they could get.

“Winning the half-a-million rand prize or the car [a Renault Koleos 4×4] would also be nice.”

Despite preparing an impressive number of dishes at their audition — including a potjie with oxtail, usu (tripe), mathumbu (intestines), sweetcorn, baby potatoes and Old Brown sherry, and grilled crocodile tail fillet skewers and an apple crumble — the two men admit to being surprised they got through.

“We have no backgroung in the culinary trade,” said Leibrandt, who lives in Lincoln Mead.

“We just make the things we learned at home. We were really surprised when we were picked, especially because some of the people we were competing against were chefs.”

Having watched the first season of the show, they’re aware of the challenge that lies ahead.

“Ultimate Braai Master is not just about cooking. You have to know how to fish, to create a fire from whatever resources you can find. We both love the outdoors, so we think we have a good chance,” said Leibrandt. “We really need the help of The Witness readers. We need viewers to show interest in our team  …”

• Ultimate Braai Master is set to air on SABC3 in September.

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