WHAT comes to mind when mentioning a South African social custom or a way of cooking outdoors? You guessed right – the good old sishanyama or braai. Whatever your preference – boerie, chops, chicken or even a vegetarian dish – every Saffa knows it’s going to be a great time around the fire when gathering with friends and family.
South Africans enjoy getting together for a “chop n dop”; in fact it’s a traditional pastime. So avid braaiers will be glad to hear Ultimate Braai Master is back for a seventh season this month. Equally exciting is that host Justin Bonello and judges Pete Goffe-Wood and Benny Masekwameng are all back, and ready to challenge a new group of contestants.
This season of Ultimate Braai Master, a South African-born reality TV series, was shot in the exquisite Nelson Mandela Bay area in August and early September, featuring contestants who were selected from across the country. Little did they know the braai motto “rain, wind or shine – we braai” would test their will to stay in the competition.
“The last 18 months have been a trying time for all South Africans, so I was delighted by the high standard of talent that applied to be a part of UBM – so much so that making the final teams decision was really tough,” commented Bonello. “We also spent time identifying great locations in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. We wanted locations that would test both the contestant’s resilience and cooking ability. It will be a very exciting series.”
The return of Benny and Pete completes the trio. “What I most enjoy about Ultimate Braai Master is how the show’s diversity unites everyone around one fire,” said Benny. “I really enjoy the innovation and creativity that this diverse group brings to the show. The camaraderie that is built during the shoot endures long after the show has aired.”
It is going to be great viewing from the get-go, and this year’s theme is “Under Fire” because contestants are going to find it very hot – all the time. South Africa, get ready for these famous words at the start of every episode” “Game On”!
Saturdays on e.tv at 6pm from September 25, 2021, and Netflix from September 24…Heritage Day aka Braai Day so it’s the perfect date. For more information, click here.