Monday 14 December 2015

Season 4 @UltimateBraai #Winners - John Grundlingh and Piet Marais

Hi Guys,

Last night the winners of Ultimate Braai Master Season 4, Game On were announced in what proved to be a truly epic season finale. After 60 days and 7000 kilometres on the road, it’s hard to imagine that the journey —which took us to some of the country’s most beautiful and remote locations— is finally over. No doubt South Africans everywhere will be wondering what they’ll do to fill the void.

Billed as the most combustible season yet, 13 teams faced a range of exceptionally tough challenges from host Justin Bonello and equally rigorous judging courtesy of Executive Chef Bertus Basson and Chef Petrus Madutlela, neither of whom did much to pull their punches. 

Winning pair John Grundlingh and Piet Marais weren’t daunted however, choosing instead to focus their efforts on what they do best: make really good food on the braai. Ultimately it was this combination of exceptional braai skills and strength of character that landed them on the winner’s podium. 
Piet, an entrepreneur from Gordons Bay, originally tried his luck in Season 3, but got sent home early in the game. Determined to prove he has what it takes to nab the title, he returned with John Grundlingh, also a previous contestant on the show, to flex his braai muscles in Season 4. Their motto “When at first you don’t succeed, braai, braai again!” clearly stood the duo in good stead.

“It was quite a privilege for us to be part of two seasons and a complete fairy tale ending to win Season 4. It’s a truly unique experience to travel your own country with an amazing group of people, seeing places you would never normally see and taking part in some seriously tough challenges on the way. I wish we could do it again next year.” commented Piet when asked what the experience was like for him.

John concurs, “Amazeballs does’t come close to describing what it’s like to travel to the best locations in South Africa and then still braai at each of them. It takes your breath away when you realise how many beautiful gems we have hidden in each province. Best of all, I got to do this twice in a row.”

John plans on using his winnings to renovate the kitchen in his new house and was quick to add that this would include an impressive 5-station braai, while Piet’s money will be going straight into his company, Santa Anna’s, which specialises in Mexican products and American style barbecue. 

The Suzuki Sx4 was a clear winner with both. Says John, “We took the Suzuki all over South Africa’s toughest terrains and she performed perfectly in all conditions.” Piet agrees,”John and I put it through its paces on the show and we plan on doing the same for this coming year. There’s nothing like a Sho’t Left in a Suzuki Sx4.”

Produced by Cooked in Africa Films, the fourth Season of South Africa’s most-watched cooking show saw audience numbers treble this year, with Ultimate Braai Master now reaching 1.7 million viewers each week. With numbers like these sponsors, Robertsons Herbs & Spices, Coca-Cola, Suzuki and South African Tourism, are sure to have their pens poised in anticipation of Season 5. Enter form is available at - check it out! Follow them on twitter & facebook.


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