Ultimate Braai Master Announces Surprising Changes To Season 3 Just Before Entries Close!

Ultimate Braai Master Justin Bonello & Edward Chamberlain-Bell.
The team from Ultimate Braai Master have just announced the inclusion of a new judge to help Justin Bonello and Bertus Basson choose the ultimate braai master who demonstrates the imagination, innovation, passion for local produce and flare for flavour to be crowned the Ultimate Braai Master.

The third season will introduce South African born Executive Chef Petrus Madutlela, who will join Host Justin Bonello and Executive Chef Judge Bertus Basson in putting contestants through their paces.

Petrus’ culinary career spans some of South Africa’s top restaurants before he moved to London in 2010 where he’s worked alongside top Chefs in the Savoy, the Michelin Star Restaurant Chapter One in Kent, and as Head Chef of The Hengist, a two rosette restaurant near Aylesford. Petrus plans on returning to South Africa with his wife and young son in May to join the Ultimate Braai Master Season 3 production.

Petrus comments, “I am thrilled to be joining the team of Ultimate Braai Master, 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. I’m especially excited to be coming back home to South Africa with my family, where I dream of opening a signature restaurant and featuring food that’s simple, seasonal and authentic.”

Petrus Madutlela’s career is a whirlwind culinary-story and he’s fast becoming a name the world needs to watch out for! He was born in Motholung just outside Brits, North West Province, where he had dreams of becoming a doctor. Whilst working as a cleaner at the Pecanwood Country Club close to his home on the Hartbeespoort Dam, his fate took a turn for the best.

The Head Chef noticed his enthusiastic personality and gave him an opportunity that would soon shape the hands that were once headed for surgery, and mould them into working on creating top-class food across the world. His hard work in the kitchen, and his continuous researching outside the kitchen – reading recipe books and entering competitions – earned him the attention he needed to start his career.

Founder and Principal of the Stellenbosch Institute of Culinary Arts, Letitia Prinsloo, gave Petrus a well-deserved scholarship to develop his fast-growing passion. In 2010 he moved to the UK with his British wife Shirley, who he met and studied with at Stellenbosch. Since then he’s worked in many restaurants alongside top Chefs, such as the Savoy in London, the Michelin Star Restaurant Chapter One in Kent, and as Head Chef of The Hengist, a two rosette restaurant near Aylesford.

In 2011 Petrus briefly returned to South Africa after his creativity in the kitchen earned him the opportunity to take part in “Unilever Food Solutions By Invitation Only” chef competition. He walked away with the top prize of R40, 000.00 and the title Chef of the Year. Towards the end of last year he also made it into the quarter final of BBC TV series Masterchef: The Professionals. Michel Roux Jnr described Petrus as having a superb palate and the “ability to light up an entire room on entry”. Recently he represented the World Association of Chefs Societies as a member of the international chef “Dream Team”, a group of 8 Michelin Star chefs. The team demonstrated state of the art recipes at the World Hospitality Competition in Dubai!

Petrus will be returning to South Africa with his wife and young son in May 2014 to start up chapter two of his life and join Executive Chef of Overture Restaurant, Bertus Basson in the third Season of Ultimate Braai Master as one of the competition’s two permanent judges.

Proudly South African, Petrus dreams of opening his own restaurant in South Africa featuring food that’s simple, seasonal and authentic.

Since then, Petrus has been striving to get to the top. He is no stranger to competitions and has represented South Africa on many occasions. With varied establishments such as Le Quartier Francais, Avianto, Sun International and the Aqua Restaurant at the Sibaya Casino on his CV, Petrus has clearly put a lot of effort into learning as much as he can about the chefing trade.

Are you tough enough to be South Africa’s next Ultimate Braai Master?

There are only 15 spots around the Braai Master fire. So if you are keen to compete in SA’s toughest outdoor kitchen; are aged 18 years or older and want to walk away with the title, R500 000 cash, the brand new Renault Duster 4×4 valued at R260 000 and many more prizes, then enter online now via www.ultimatebraaimaster.com by no later than 21 February 2014, or risk missing the chance of a lifetime!

Justin explains, “So much of life is about regrets; the “could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.” The truth is, and I speak from experience, that the Ultimate Braai Master road trip is a life-changing experience and the last thing you want is the regret of not even entering!”

Sponsored by Pick n Pay, and hosted by SA’s favourite bush cook and author, Justin Bonello, Ultimate Braai Master has shattered the stereotype of what can be prepared on an open fire for two consecutive seasons and this year is no exception! The Third Season of SA’s favourite gourmet braai adventure is now open for entries.

Season 2 pitted SA’s top 15 braai teams against each other in some gruelling outdoor cooking challenges that saw the winning team Good Better Braai consisting of Braai Master, Jacques Bester and Braai Buddy and girlfriend, Nadia Botha, take home the title, R500 000 cash and the Renault Koleos 4 x4 valued at R340 000 together with Front Runner accessories valued at R15 000.

Season Three, supported by Coca-Cola, Renault Duster and Total, promises to be the most adrenalin-fuelled braai competition yet, with this year’s competitors traveling 9000km in the new Renault Duster 4 x4 on a 60-day road trip of epic proportions!

Short-listed entrants selected from this season’s online entries will have to put their braai-smarts to the test at four regional auditions taking place during March 2014 in Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Durban and Cape Town, where Justin and the Ultimate Braai Master Judges will select a national pool of finalists from which SA’s top 15 teams will be selected – including one Wild Card team as selected by Pick n Pay.

If you think you have what it takes to be SA’s next Ultimate Braai Master, enter online now at www.ultimatebraaimaster.com before 21 February. The competition starts in May with the Series premiering on ETV in time for this year’s summertime braai season.

Coincidentally, I just happened to have interviewed Justin Bonello on the Edward Chamberlain-Bell show at Radio Today Johannesburg last week, and he was quite candid about what the judges are looking for from contestants in Ultimate Braai Master (Season 3). You can read: JUSTIN BONELLO’S SECRETS TO HELP YOU WIN ULTIMATE BRAAI MASTER (SEASON 3)


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