Series Synopsis

Justin Bonello is looking for the next barbecue king in another sizzling series of Ultimate Braai Master. This rugged cooking competition pits fifteen teams of two against each other, for a smokin’ cash prize. They will face a series of grueling outdoor cooking challenges, over the course of a 52 day, 8,000km road trip across South Africa. Will the teams adapt to the rigours of cooking in the wild? Can they stand the heat of the most extreme elimination challenges? Who will be crowned king of the grill?


TX Date: Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 21:00 (weekly)

Genre: Culinary lifestyle / competition cooking

Number of episodes: 13

Duration: 60 minutes


Episode Descriptions

Episode 1 – Meet the teams

Tuesday, 5th September at 9pm

It’s the fifth season of South Africa’s favourite outdoor kitchen, where host Justin Bonello takes 10 teams from all walks of life on a self-driven culinary experience of a lifetime in a bid to take home the title, the car and the cash!


Episode 2 – High Tea By The Sea  

Tuesday, 12th September at 9pm

The teams have-to prepare 15kgs of meat over searing coals for the other contestants in a Shesa Nyama styled challenge that pushes both teams to their limits.


Episode 3 – Ama-Lunchbox  

Tuessday, 19th September at 9pm

In the third leg of this year’s competition, the teams face The Amalunchbox Challenge – where they must prepare massive potjies to feed the Windburg Primary School.


Episode 4 – Incredible Pap 

Tuesday, 26th September at 9pm

The Captains find themselves in the hot seat having to represent their crews in the Incredible Pap challenge where they have to take the maize staple and turn it into three dishes that will blow the judges away.


Episode 5 – Colonial Silver Service

Tuesday, 3rd October at 9pm

Crews must compete in a Colonial Silver Service challenge where each team is responsible for either a breakfast, lunch or dinner menu.


Episode 6 – Trio Of Drakensburgers

Tuesday, 10th October at 9pm

Crews must prepare a trio of burgers for the judges and the winning two burgers will win the opportunity to compete head-to-head in a reward challenge in the following leg.


Episode 7 – Whole Carcass Cooking

Tuesday, 17th October at 9pm

Teams are treated to a luxury 5-star lunch, but all too soon it’s time for the Crew challenge where teams are tasked with butchering and preparing half a Springbok.


Episode 8 – Game On!

Tuesday, 24th October at 9pm

Teams are pitted against each other in a challenge where the winner will claim the mysterious Golden Tongs, cooking a composed plate for the judges.


Episode 9 – Top Six

Tuesday, 31st October at 9pm

After visiting many beautiful inland destinations, teams are excited to know that they are making their way to Wavecrest Hotel and Spa on the Wild Coast of South Africa. The teams are faced with a seafood paella challenge.


Episode 10 – Wild Coast Pub Grub  

Tuesday, 7th November at 9pm

The teams have to prepare pub snack platters for hundreds of guests at the Bushpig in a gruelling service challenge.


Episode 11 – Cultural Experience

Tuesday, 14th November at 9pm

The teams have a once in a lifetime experience of spending the evening in a traditional Xhosa Village, dancing, eating and celebrating in an unforgettable night under the Transkei stars.


Episode 12 – Chef’s Table  

Tuesday, 21st November at 9pm

Competing for that second spot around Justin’s fire in the final, teams must prepare a Chefs Table consisting of three courses for five judges.


Episode 13 – Finale

Tuesday, 28th November at 9pm

After six weeks on the road, competing in some of the toughest culinary challenges in some of the most beautiful and rugged destinations under the African sun, this year’s final teams are ready to face their last challange.


Justin Bonello Biography

Justin Bonello is a South African filmmaker, chef and television personality best known for starring in his own cooking and travel show, Cooked. He is also the host of the reality competition The Ultimate Braai Master. As a presenter and producer of international hit television series Cooked, Getaway To Africa and Exploring The Vine, Justin has combined his three favourite things – Southern Africa, food and friends – into his daily work.


As his own boss, Justin likes that he has no one to report to, but as the boss at Cooked In Africa film production company he says every day is scary. Just as scary as encountering crocodiles and sharks in the Zambezi River, or an emergency plane landing in Mozambique. The best part of the job though, is the travel. “I’ve seen more sunrises and sunsets than anyone I know, and I’ve had some amazing experiences,” says Justin.


As a child Justin was fortunate enough to enjoy long lazy summer holidays fishing on the banks of the Breede River on the Southern Cape coast or at a very special place on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. While his love for the untamed beauty of South Africa was being shaped and moulded so too was his appetite for good, wholesome, down-to-earth uncomplicated food.


He’s the guy messing about with the braai, burning the fingers on one hand with a beer in the other; or in the kitchen fearlessly experimenting with flavours and ingredients, playing with his food.


Episode 1 & 2 – images and screeners.  

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About The Author

Tumiso Mfisa

I'm currently a final year student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, studying ND: Management. I'm also an intern at Spice4life, and I define myself as the man of God, businessman, motivational speaker, debater, preacher, day maker and most importantly the family man. I'm goal driven and always look to assist others wherever I can.

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