“We know we can cook; that’s why we made the top 15. We are very chuffed about that,” says the team’s braai master, Kyle Hodgson (25), a graphic designer from Cape Town.
But unfortunately for him and his braai buddy, Rudy Gibbons (30), a radio presenter at Radio Helderberg, they only made it to episode three of this reality cooking show on SABC3. Last night viewers saw them pack their bags and head home.
They were caught with their tongs down, says Kyle. “We served a skewer which was an accompaniment to our headliner; on our skewer was the smallest piece of wors you could ever imagine. We were so scared of overcooking our meat skewer that we undercooked our boerie. Fatal, but true. We still like our boerie medium rare though!” These two friends have a soft spot for slow-food cooking. They love a good old free-range leg of lamb on soft heat for a few hours, with some oak chips thrown on the coals near to the end of the cooking process to give the meat a bit of a smoky taste. For this they often use a Webber. To braai with friends is embedded in our culture and in our DNA, Rudy feels. “We love the togetherness, sharing and fun times that a braai incorporates. It’s all about the coming together to do something that everybody loves. To braai, and to have a few cold ones at the same time!” We asked the Huiskombuis Boys (HB) a few questions:
Q: Why did you enter?
HB: Rudy's girlfriend, Kate, suggested we team up. We wanted to have the opportunity to compete against some of the best outdoor cooks in the country. To see parts of our country that we probably never would have. Also to embark on the road trip of a lifetime. No regrets. We had the most epic time of our lives.
Q: What were your most memorable moments?
HB: Every single moment: from the auditions to our elimination in Jozini. We got to meet one of the most kick-ass crews ever and made some lifelong friends. And that can never be taken away from us.
Q: What was your biggest fear during the competition?
HB: Fear No 1: Being the first team to be eliminated. Fear No 2: Being eliminated.
Everything else we approached with a fearless attitude. And we loved every minute of our experience.
Q: What was the most extreme challenge?
HB: Tuna fishing, boerewors braaiing in the middle of the ocean, deep-sea swimming and tuna-dish creations!
Q: In which way did The Ultimate Braai Master change your life?
HB: We had the most epic two-week road trip, made some real, true friends and have gained some invaluable knowledge, along with a little recognition for our food style.
Q: Which team was your toughest competition?
HB: All the teams were tough competition. Some are qualified chefs with years in the industry. We were eliminated quite early and I don’t think the competition had reached a serious stage yet. We were all still just having fun. So at that stage everyone was fair competition.