South Africa’s favourite outdoor cooking show Ultimate Braai Master returns to e.tv for another sizzling season on Sunday, 05 February at 4pm.
This is the fifth season of the internationally renowned and SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) award winning tv show. This one of a kind outdoor cooking competition features teams of two made up of the Braai Buddy and the Braai Master. They travel to different parts of the country and compete by cooking on an open flame. Teams have different cooking challenges and each week the weakest face elimination.
Hosted by Justin Bonello, the show promises a jam-packed and delicious season with prizes worth R2 million. This year’s judges are Executive Chef and CEO of Kitchen Cowboy, Pete Goffe-Woods, and Tsogo Sun Executive Chef, Benny Masekwameng.
Teams from Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Gauteng and the Western Cape compete for the winning title of Ultimate Braai Master while viewers get to watch contestants enjoy the road trip of a lifetime as they create not only food, but special memories along the way.
Season five sees teams engage in different outdoor activities while exploring extraordinary methods of surviving and consuming food prepared entirely on the fire. The Ultimate Braai Master is deemed the toughest cooking show and challenges traditional braai methods, calling for contestants to be highly creative.
Catch Ultimate Braaimaster on e.tv, Sunday, 05 February at 4PM and the repeat on Saturdays at 1pm on etv and eHD. OpenView HD viewers will also get a chance to see the show in HD on eHD (channel 104)
Ten teams have been handpicked by the show’s executive team and Braai Master Justin Bonello. Created by Cooked in Africa Films this original home grown format attracts audiences of around two million and is watched in over 100 million homes across the globe. PS. Viewers also have the chance to win prizes.
Spice Girls – The team, made up of two ladies Pretty and Precious Zondo, derived their name from their love for spicy hot food are from Durban and are looking forward to exploring the country and learning new ways of using barbeque as the only cooking method. One of their pet peeves is burnt meat.
Monante Cuisine- The two chefs from the Saxon Hotel, Surprise Mogano and Corvin Pietersen are looking forward to a sizzling adventure and consider their signature braai dish as their whole grilled chicken with home-made barbeque basting.
The Muttonheads: Durbanites, Tersian and Tarlan Baker regard braaing as a big part of their tradition. Their killer biryani and a cold beer is what completes any braai in their opinion.
The Explorers – Gugu Ngobese and Samkelisiwe Cele both from Springs are looking forward to exploring new methods of cooking in the new season of Ultimate Braai Master. Their braai pet peeves includes meat falling inside the braai stand and flame outbreaks.
Ebony & Ivory – This team of foodies has been together for seven years and enjoy braaing over wood.. Brian Muller and Sfiso Nsele are both chefs residing around Kruger National Park and have been together for seven years.
Pretty Griddy –The team made up of a butchery manager and a housewife from Sommerset West hate braaing with incomplete braai tools. Desiree IIngram enjoys preparing side dishes and salads while Peter is very confident over the flames.
Smoke n’ Hot Randhir Parbhunath and Surika Singh – The team, made of a Sales Manager and Beautician claims that their signature dishes include marinated chicken and pineapple alongside a helping of brown mushroom skewers. They both enjoy experimenting with their cooking and are extremely competitive. They are both from Stanger and Chatsworth in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Salty Flames – Chanel Marais from Milnerton Ridge in Cape-Town and Nick Perfect from Amanzimtoti in Durban enjoy travelling, and derived their name from the salty seas where they spend most of their time at. Their braai pet peeves include braaiing under seasoned meat and overcooked steak.
Outlaws – Wouter Pretorius and Bertus de Vos, two brother-in-laws, are looking forward to cooking among other teams, being competitive and travelling to amazing destinations in the country. Wouter currently resides in Pretoria North while his team mate is from Randburg.
Empire –Belinka Forbes and Merle Rancke both, from the Western Cape, prefer braaing over wood compared to gas or coal. Their signature braai dish is called ‘Can in a chicken meal’ and believe any braai is incomplete without roosterbroods and cupcakes.
Cook, author and TV producer Bonello is famous for pioneering his own cooking show called Cooked. He has been a presenter and judge of Ultimate Braai Master since it first aired. He has so far released seven cooking books under his name and co-owns Cooked in Africa Films, which produces Ultimate Braai Master.
Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood made his mark on the Cape Town food scene back in the early 90’s when fusion food was still a novelty in South Africa. His bold and brave Asian-European- and African-inspired combo creations raised local food eyebrows.
Celebrity chef Ben was born and bred in Alexander in Johannesburg. He graduated from what is now the Durban University of Technology with a diploma in catering management, and thereafter commenced his culinary journey, which would see him become executive chef at the then Mondo Vino restaurant at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg. He is currently the Executive Chef at Tsogo Sun.