With Heritage Day (and National Braai Day) just around the corner on 24 September, braai enthusiasts are in for a treat this month with the return of one of South Africa’s most loved food-reality TV shows: the Ultimate Braai Master. Now in its fourth season, the show takes contestants to beautiful locations where they then set up camp, are given a couple of gruelling tasks where they have to produce flavourful dishes against nature’s elements – and each other. The result is often spectacular, entertaining and filled with a good dose of drama.
The competition starts at the Gariep Dam Forever Resort in the Karoo where competitors will set up camp at every stop as they self-drive through the challenging yet picturesque terrain. In total, contestants will cover a whooping 7 000 kilometres and, with South African Tourism on board, you’re gauranteed to see some of South Africa’s treasured travel destinations, including the Wild Coast, Blyde River Canyon and the Drakensberg.
Sixteen teams will travel for 60 days, battling it out to clinch the prize of more than R500 000 cash, a Suzuki Sx4 All Grip vehicle and the title of South Africa’s Ultimate Braai Master, as well as the Spice Master rewards and SA Tourism vouchers. The winning team will also be travelling to the USA to represent South Africa at the World Food Championships in Florida next year in October.
The show is hosted by cook, author and filmmaker Justin Bonello and the judges are Executive Chef Bertus Basson and Chef Petrus Madutlela. The Ultimate Braai Master is produced by Cooked In Africa Films, sponsored by Robertsons Herbs & Spices and supported by Coca Cola, Suzuki and SA Tourism.