Season 2 of the popular Pick ‘n Pay ‘The Ultimate Braai Master’ will sizzle on TV screens on SABC3 this evening, just in time for National Braai Day on Tuesday. The new theme for the series is ‘The Roads Less Travelled‘, and would appear to be a travelogue about the beauty of our country and its wild life too. ‘The Ultimate Braai Master’ judges Bertus Basson from Overture and Marthinus Ferreira from DW Eleven-13 feature in Season 2 again.
In tonight’s episode the action kicks off at Hluhluwe Game Reserve, after the Braai Master teams survived gruelling auditions with 250 of the 4000 applicants around the country. The top fifteen teams travel to the Hilltop Resort in the Hluhluwe Nature Reserve, the first of 13 off-the-beaten-track locations. After a sumptuous welcome dinner prepared by the judges (and Eat Out Top 10 Restaurant chefs!) Bertus and Marthinus, the teams cross tongs in their bid to secure a place in the competition, with a prize package of R½ million and a Renault Koleos 4×4. In their first challenge, contestants realise that it will take teamwork, outdoor kitchen finesse, and fireside skills to impress the judges and become eligible to take the 2013 Ultimate Braai Master title. With little over an hour to prove their fire and passion for the braai, some contestants’ confidence starts flagging, leaving three teams to battle it out in a tough elimination challenge the following day. The weakest team is sent home with their dream in tatters.
Filming was done by Cooked in Africa Films during this past very cold winter, and the production team of 60 traveled 8000 km in 60 days, with contestants cooking in a wide range of terrains, creating innovative dishes on the fire, and staying warm! Show host and gourmet bush cook Justin Bonello documents the cooking adventure of a lifetime, on his travels with show judges Chefs Marthinus and Bertus! ‘While we pushed the contestants that much harder this year, raising the bar on Ultimate Braai cuisine, we also raised the production values of the Series resulting in a fast-paced action-packed Drama that is as much about the people and places as it is about the food‘, said Justin. The reality TV food show is sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay, and supported by Coca-Cola, Standard Bank, and Renault.
Supporting its sponsorship of the reality show, Malcolm Mycroft, General Manager of Marketing at Pick ‘n Pay, said: ‘Ultimate Braai Master celebrates South Africa, not only as a country and tourist destination, but as a rich melting pot of cultures, flavours and culinary delights that reflect the values that the Pick n Pay brand is founded upon. The Competition allows us to showcase Pick n Pay’s fresh, local, sustainable and Proudly South African product offering via the Ultimate Braai Master’s Pantry, while demonstrating the brand’s commitment to always being there for South Africans‘.
The 15 Finalist Braai Master teams are the following, with interesting team names:
- Team Coal Play: a couple from Cape Town, Western Cape, Braai Master Kate George and Braai Buddy, Jonno Proudfoot.
- Team West Coast Bro’s: brothers from Lambert’s Bay, Western Cape, Braai Master Etienne Gersbach and Braai Buddy Hein Gersbach.
- Team Boerie Brothers: life partners of 16 years from McGregor, Western Cape, Braai Master Collin du Plessis and Braai Buddy Matt Bronkhorst.
- Team Quince Cooks: married couple from Observatory, Western Cape, Braai Master Quenten Alberts and Braai Buddy Sandy Alberts.
- Team Kasi Guys: nephews from Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria, Gauteng, Braai Master Martin Sebelebele and Braai Buddy Ziza Masemola.
- Team YingYang: an engaged couple from Pretoria, Gauteng, Braai Master Shaun Cavanagh and Braai Buddy Samantha van Niekerk.
- Team Mojo: a married couple from Johannesburg, Gauteng, Braai Master Ashok Naidoo and Braai Buddy Jolene Naidoo.
- Team GoodBetterBraai: a long distance couple from Port Nolloth, Northern Cape and Windhoek, Namibia, Braai Master Jacques Bester and Braai Buddy Nadia Botha.
- Team Spectacular: friends from Johannesburg, Gauteng, Braai Master Nonkululeko Zondo and Braai Buddy Lebo Thebe.
- Team Huiskombuis Boys: friends life mentors from Cape Town, Western Cape, Braai Master Kyle Hodgson and Braai Buddy, Rudy Gibbons.
- Team Berry Bright Food Fanatics: mother and daughter from Robertson and Ashton, Western Cape, Braai Master Nicole Buirman and Braai Buddy Suzanne Nel .
- Team Sumting Fresh: friends from Ennerdale, Gauteng, Braai Master Andrew Leeuw and Braai Buddy Nomthandazo Sithol
- Team The Braaight Brothers: brothers from Cape Town, Western Cape, Braai Master Tomas Cunnama and Braai Buddy Daniel Cunnama.
- Team Smoke Sweat & Tears: friends from Fish Hoek, Western Cape, Braai Master Chris Kastern and Braai Buddy Simon Good.
- Team Darkies Unleashed, Pick n Pay’s Wild Card team and friends from Kathelong, Gauteng, Braai Master, Thabiso Motloung, and Braai Buddy, Motebejane Mofokeng
Like ‘Charly’s Cake Angels‘, also produced by Cooked in Africa Films, every tourist exposure of our own country is good news, ‘The Ultimate Braai Master‘ not just building up an appetite for a braai but to travel in our country too. SA Tourism must be delighted that its unexciting ‘Sho’t Left’ domestic tourism advertising campaign is being complemented by the exciting and energetic Cooked in Africa Films’ local food TV productions!
Disclosure: We received an ‘Ignition Pack’ goodie bag full of useful braai implements, Pick ‘n Pay’s Fresh Living magazine, a butcher’s block, potato snacks, rice bites, mini cool bag, licence disk holders, spare rib marinade, BiC Megalighter, braai salt, ice cream scoop, sweet chilli sauce, and meal seasoning.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage