Into the fire! Ultimate Braai Master is back

By admin
11 September 2014

South Africa’s toughest outdoor cooking competition is back! And this year is set to be just as exciting -- Ultimate Braai Master season 3 launches tonight (Thursday, 11 September) on at 8:30 pm.

South Africa’s toughest outdoor cooking competition is back! In the first two seasons, Ultimate Braai Master host Justin Bonello pushed the boundaries of what can be prepared on an open fire. And this year is set to be just as exciting -- Ultimate Braai Master season 3 launches tonight (Thursday, 11 September) on at 8:30 pm. Viewers will watch the 15 teams from across the country arrive at the Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek, Cape Town, marking the start of an epic 70-day, 9 000 kilometre culinary road trip on which teams will face a barrage of challenges. There’s simply no room for the faint-hearted!

One of the 15 teams viewers will meet tonight is Simply Sisters of Johannesburg. These two keen braaiers are ready to take on the men! Their team mantra is “We shall overcome!” – so watch out, guys! If they win, Busisiwe wants to open a shisa nyama and Thembeka a small coffee shop.

Fact sheet

Justin Bonello, host

Cook, traveller and lover of life, Justin Bonello has done something we all dream of – taking his passion and making his world revolve around it.

He’s the guy messing about with the braai, burning the fingers on his one hand with a beer in the other; or in the kitchen fearlessly experimenting with flavours and ingredients, playing with his food. It might not always work, but as Justin says: “Without exception we all have flops from time to time but like life, food is about trying new things, making new friends and most of all, having fun.”

As a veteran presenter and producer, and founder of one of South Africa’s leading film production companies, Cooked in Africa Films, Justin has combined his three of his favourite things – Southern Africa, food and friends – into his daily work.

Bertus Basson, judge

At the age of 19, Bertus spent three years in London where he worked at the one-star Michelin restaurant Chez Bruce.

On his return to South Africa he opened the Arabella Hermanus as a sous chef and has represented SA in some of the world’s best cooking challenges, including Bocuse d’Or, the Culinary Olympics and the Global Chefs Challenge.

At 25, Bertus started All Things Culinary with fellow chef and business partner Craig Cormack, which quickly became a successful catering operation. Their next project, Overture Restaurant, opened its doors in 2007 in the picturesque Hidden Valley in Stellenbosch. Earlier this year Men’s Health magazine named Bertus a Game Changer: one of South Africa’s top 20 most inspirational young men.

Petrus Madutlela, judge

Petrus worked in some of SA’s top restaurants before his move to London in 2010 where he has worked alongside top chefs at the Savoy Hotel, the one-star Michelin restaurant Chapter One in Kent, and as head chef of The Hengist, a two-rosette restaurant near Aylesford.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team of UBM, judging a competition that resonates with my own passion for the braai, the great outdoors and, of course, challenging the creative boundaries of what can be produced on an open fire,” Petrus says.

-- Jaco Hough-Coetzee

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