Having to meet strangers which resulted becoming friends, braaiing (using skottel for the very first time), 52 days criss-crossing the country and not knowing whose watching your back, came with ultimate prize: ELIMINATION…
The sisters who operate a successful catering business in Soweto, heaped praises to the show for it showed the other side of their characters.
It was their mother who instilled a love of cooking in them, a gift which they use daily running their catering business in Soweto. They have also passed on their talents to their children.
“We fell in love with the idea of travelling for 52 days, braaiing all the time and learning new things. We didn’t expect to make new friends who are going to be lifelong friends and also learn new things about ourselves,” said Sindi, who hails from Mulbarton.
“For instance, I didn’t realise that my sister was so bossy. She would tell me what we were cooking and there was no room for negotiation. She was quite the queen,” she declared.
The reality-based TV series, had 15 teams competing in outdoor cooking challenges in an extreme 52-day road trip.
As first timers, they tackled their fear of water, despite being unable to swim managed to successfully canoe on the Orange River, fly-fishing and swiping the petrol card, and having a pantry overflowing with myriad varieties of juice, coffee and other Pick n Pay foods, amongst others.
Well, it would have been fair to ask how many desserts were burnt, which cost the pair elimination?
Asked what the show meant for them, both agreed The Ultimate Braai Master taught them new skills to use in their business which is run from Lethu’s Soweto home.
“Justin used to say you have to plan, prep, cook and serve, so that’s what we apply now,” they pointed out.
“My kids missed me but when I spoke to them on the phone they told me not to come home because they wanted us to win,” said Sindi jokingly.
In true South African spirit, the pair says they have not tired of cooking outdoors on the open flame.
“We love braaiing and now have even more creative ideas to incorporate,” Sindi said.
Now only four teams are left for the ultimate prize of R500 000 in cash, a Renault Koleos 4 x 4 valued R325 000, a Cadac Braaimaxx valued at R15 000, and the title of South Africa’s Ultimate Braai Master.
“But I really hated the name Justin, because you never knew what he was planning for you. We didn’t know what time we would wake up, where we were going or what we were cooking that day,” says Lethu, referring to Justin Bonello who is a bush cook guru and presenter of the show.
The winner announcement will take place during the finale episode on December 6 2012 on SABC3 from 8pm to 9:30pm.
Anyone braaiing already? Oops, one has to wait for next year’s grilling which promises to be bigger and more sumptuous!
At the time of posting, the viewership Amps had not been provided by the SABC 3 marketing department on the show.