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Ultimate Braai Master

The Amazing Race meets Hell’s Kitchen in Africa’s toughest barbecue cooking competition show pitting 15 teams of two contestants each against ruthless judges and each other as they embark on an epic culinary road trip to claim huge prizes and the crowning title; The Ultimate Braai Master.

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Season 1
  • Season 1 | Episode 1 
    Tastes Like Home
    It’s the first leg of the third season of South Africa’s toughest outdoor cooking competition and 15 teams of two contestants each, from all across the country arrive at the Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek, Cape Town. This marks the start of an epic, 70-day, 9000 kilometer culinary road trip where teams will face a new barrage of challenges in pursuit of the title, the cash, the new 4x4 Renault Duster and a host of other awesome prizes. Contestants have mixed emotions as they arrive to face their first challenge and confront what Justin and the Judges have in store for them. This year, it’s time for tough!
  • Season 1 | Episode 2 
    The Big Fish
    Fifteen teams travel to the picturesque town of Witsand, situated on the East Coast of South Africa at the mouth of the Breede River. Here they are split into five groups of three teams each, and after enjoying an unexpected adventure on the river, teams regroup to battle it out in a highly pressurized challenge that’s all about fish! Contestants who aren’t able to collaborate to deliver the gourmet goods end up in an elimination challenge that leads to the first team’s dream of taking the title go up in smoke.
  • Season 1 | Episode 3 
    West Coast Fare
    The remaining fourteen teams travel to the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve on the West Coast. This iconic fishing area marks the third leg for teams battling it out to get their hands on this year’s title, but Justin and the Judges have a few tricks up their sleeves! Teams go head-to-head in three tough challenges – requiring them to prepare a selection of camping food to traditional West Coast fare . Sadly two teams are sent home after their efforts fail to impress.
  • Season 1 | Episode 5 
    The Noble Bird
    The competition heats up as the ten remaining teams travel from the Cederberg back to the West Coast to the infamous Diamond Diver Cottages in Noup – that hidden place that’s far off the beaten track and in times of old, was not a destination for the faint-hearted. This challenge’s hero-ingredient happens to be South Africa’s most loved protein: Chicken! Teams are put under pressure as they have to braai five different chicken dishes in a mere two hours and in the end the pressure becomes too much for three teams who cross tongs in a nail-biting elimination.
  • Season 1 | Episode 6 
    Braai Ambassadors
    The remaining X teams continue their epic road trip and cross borders into Namibia. Their first destination is the Felix Unite Provenance Camp on the banks of the mighty Orange River. Teams are tired but a trip down the river and a magical night sleeping under the stars revives their wilted spirits, but not for too long as they have to compete in a pressurized and intense six-hour challenge that requires concentration and team work. The weakest team ends up in a surprise elimination, which sees one team sent back to South Africa withnothing more than braai-filled memories to keep them warm.
  • Season 1 | Episode 7 
    Snoek Braai
    The town of Lüdertiz, Namibia, stands in isolation on the frontier between the ‘great dune sea’ and the rich, cold Benguela Current that runs up the west coast of Africa. Diaz Point, situated just outside this obscure town marks the 7th leg in what has proven to be the toughest season of Ultimate Braai Master thus far, and it’s not about to get any easier. Teams are split into two groups and each group has to braai a variety of snoek dishes for 225 school kids from the area. But there’s a trick: this time contestants aren’t trying to avoid elimination but they’re battling it out to get a spot in the reward challenge – and after everything they’ve endured in the previous weeks, a reward is exactly what they all want desperately!
  • Season 1 | Episode 8 
    The Wild Side
    The remaining teams travel deep into the desert to Sossusvlei situated in the Namib-Naukluft National Park on the edge of what is considered to be the most ancient desert in the world. The game shifts as teams no longer battle it out in group challenges but go head-to- head to avoid going into the elimination. During the challenge teams have to compose the perfect plate of venison. The winning team gets a reward and a fast-forward to the tenth leg of the competition, while the two losing teams who have become close friends during the road trip have to cross their tongs to remain in the competition during an emotional elimination challenge.
  • Season 1 | Episode 9 
    Roadhouse Fair
    The Fish River Canyon in the south of Namibia marks the start of the 8th leg of South Africa's toughest outdoor kitchen and the tension is rising between the remaining seven teams as they cross tongs in a challenge that's all about quintessential roadhouse food. While it seems like an easy challenge, many of the teams fail to produce the perfect burger, fries and milkshake and the two worst teams face off in a traditional South African Elimination with one more team's dreams going up in smoke.
  • Season 1 | Episode 10 
    Back Home
    Teams cross the border back in to South Africa after three incredible weeks in Namibia and travel to what is known as the Northern Cape's Green Kalahari on the banks of the Orange River. This is the tenth leg of their epic road trip and after a freezing trip down the river teams have to produce three types of braaied pizza. While some teams ace the challenge, others serve up burnt offerings that see them go into an elimination challenge that's all about swine. After a long, hard day around the fire and a lack of teamwork and communication, one team is sent packing and their epic road trip comes to an end.
  • Season 1 | Episode 11 
    Tankwa Braai!
    The Karoo is a 400 000 square kilometer semi-desert that engulfs a third of southern Africa's landmass. It's a harsh environment where water has always been a scarce commodity and life has had to adapt accordingly. It's another desolate, beautiful part of the country and the top five teams cross tongs in the longest, toughest challenge yet. After an exhausting challenge, there's no elimination round and no second chances to fight to stay in the game. Instead, one more team is sent packing after failing to impress the judges.
  • Season 1 | Episode 12 
    Ostrich Race
    The remaining four teams travel to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge just outside of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. It wouldn’t be "tough" without an adventure race! This is the penultimate leg before the Finale and teams are under serious pressure as they find themselves racing to complete five challenges before they get the chance to start their fires! This small Karoo town is famous for its ostrich farms, so it is only fitting that they are faced with creating classic steak dishes with an ostrich twist. After failing to impress the judges, two teams have to cross tongs in a lengthy elimination challenge, and one team is too exhausted and emotional to focus on the task at hand, and after a poor performance, they lose their spot in the final three.
  • Season 1 | Episode 13 
    The Finale
    Over the last nine weeks contestants have been battling it out all across southern Africa for their chance to get their braai singed fingers on the R500 000, the Renault Duster SUV, a spice trip to India and the title of this year’s Ultimate Braai Master. The final three teams arrive at the Felix Unite Round the Bend Camp on the banks of the Breede River. They are excited and nervous, but the question is which one of the final three teams will have the right combination of teamwork, fireside skills and drive to take it all?
Season 2
  • Season 2 | Episode 1 
    Three-Course River Braai
    The Ultimate Braai Master competition is back as teams paddle downstream to compete in the first leg of the challenge. The aim? Teams have to plan, prepare and braai three courses before sunset! Will the judges approve?
  • Season 2 | Episode 2 
    West Coast Fare
    Lambert’s Bay marks the destination for the 2nd leg of the Ultimate Braai Master. After an emotional and trying day, ten teams have to face the elimination challenge in Scarborough, where the dream of becoming South Africa’s first Ultimate Braai Master comes to an end for two teams.
  • Season 2 | Episode 3 
    Five Star Braai
    It's the third leg of South Africa's first ever Ultimate Braai Master and the 12 remaining teams are living in luxury at the five-star Table Bay Hotel in the Mother City. This hotel is known as the 'best address in Cape Town' and is the venue for the next challenge.
  • Season 2 | Episode 4 
    The Kraaifontein Crocodile
    In this fourth leg in the bid to win the title of South Africa's first ever Ultimate Braai Master, the eleven remaining teams travel to the Hout Bay Harbour, on the coast of Cape Town. The cold Beguela and the warm Agulhas currents makes this ocean one of the richest fishing grounds in the country. The Braai masters have to leave their teammates behind as they go out to sea to get their first taste of catching snoek.
  • Season 2 | Episode 5 
    Butcher's Block
    The teams are split into two groups and each group is given a whole lamb. The trick? They must work and butcher the meat themselves and use as much of the lamb as possible to feed the 50 guests that are coming for dinner. With only 30 minutes to plan their entire menu of canapés, soup, main course and dessert, the heat is on, especially when it starts to rain.
  • Season 2 | Episode 6 
    Cape St. Francis
    After enjoying a typical Calamari & Chips lunch, Justin reveals that the braai buddies will go out to sea to get their first taste of fishing for calamari. When they finally return after sunset, the real challenge begins: teams must replicate the lunch they enjoyed earlier on the braai. After a long day of travelling and fishing, the teams who are now cold and tired, start to show some strain resulting in the three weakest teams facing the inevitable elimination challenge.
  • Season 2 | Episode 7 
    Camping Culture
    Teams are required to compete in a breakfast challenge resulting in three teams going into the elimination: they are expected to cook a beef stew on their cars' engine blocks while travelling to their next destination, the Wild
  • Season 2 | Episode 8 
    The Village People
    It's early morning and the remaining eight teams set off to a local Transkei village on foot. Their next challenge? A traditional village feast. Upon arrival, they taste an intricate seafood dish that Bertus and Marthinus have prepared and expect teams to replicate on the braai within 30 minutes. In one of the most emotional challenges in Ultimate Braai Master history, one team is eliminated.
  • Season 2 | Episode 9 
    In the 9th episode of Ultimate Braai Master, the remaining six teams travel from the rural Wild Coast to the hustle and bustle of Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
  • Season 2 | Episode 10 
    The Good and The Ugly
    After a day of fun and games next to the trout dam, a 12-hour challenge starts the next morning. Each team has to braai “pub grub” for 25 people. The reward? A fast-forward to the 12th leg of the Ultimate Braai Master Competition. Even though this is a non-elimination round, teams still have to think out of the box to impress the judges and secure a place in the final 4.
  • Season 2 | Episode 11 
    Golden Gate
    Teams are split into two groups and each group has to make two goat potjies; beef, lamb, and chicken sosaties, as well as beer bread for 35 guests. In the end, four close friends have to compete head-to-head against each other!
  • Season 2 | Episode 12 
    The Heat is On
    After an exhausting 24 hours, two teams are sent into an immediate Elimination Challenge, where they have to bake rusks on the fire overnight and serve homemade ‘Moer Koffie’ (South African Coffee) to the judges for their early morning adjudicating.
  • Season 2 | Episode 13 
    The Guts and The Glory
    Teams must dig deep to stay in the game, battling it out in front of their fires for an eight hour Team Challenge that represents a series of unexpected twists and turns. Only one team emerges victorious to take the title of SA’s Ultimate Braai Master.
Season 4
  • Season 4 | Episode 1 
    Start Your Engines
    This season is sure to be the most challenging yet as Justin & the judges have new twists & surprises in store for the contestants. The fifteen new teams start their journey with the first challenge in the desolate Karoo.
  • Season 4 | Episode 2 
    Crew Challenge
    After one team remains without a crew, they select the team that they face in the Elimination. Then, the contestants work together in the first Crew Challenge where they must Braai (BBQ) a royal menu with limited ingredients.
  • Season 4 | Episode 3 
    Xosha Billage
    The teams travel to Hole in the Wall on the Wild Coast. They spend the night in a traditional Xosha village. After the Elimination challenge amongst the members of the bottom Crew the remaining teams must then face off in a difficult seafood challenge.
  • Season 4 | Episode 4 
    Seafood Challenge
    The bottom teams from the seafood challenge compete to avoid elimination. The next day, the remaining Crew captains compete against each other in a Crew Challenge in the Transkei. The losing captain sends their entire crew into Elimination!v
  • Season 4 | Episode 5 
    The Oyster Box
    Ten teams remain as they travel to Rocky Bay in Kwa-Zulu Natal where the Yellow Crew compete against each other for a night at Durban’s famed Oyster Box. The next day, two crews face each other on a deep-sea fishing adventure.
  • Season 4 | Episode 6 
    The Winter Menu
    The teams travel inland to the rolling hills of the Drakensberg Mountains. The Elimination Challenge has two teams Braai (BBQ) boerie rolls & burgers for some young VIPs, followed by the remaining teams competing in a five-hour hearty winter menu challenge.
  • Season 4 | Episode 7 
    Game Time
    The Zululand Ithala Game Reserve is host to the next elimination challenge & two-part Crew Challenge the next day. Teams must focus on game preparation and work with venison marinades; a notoriously challenging meat to prepare on open flame.
  • Season 4 | Episode 8 
    Blyde River Canyon
    Tensions are high as the remaining eight teams travel to the Blyde River Canyon. A favorite team ends up in the elimination challenge, but the teams move on to a four-course Crew Challenge where it becomes important for the captains to lead & delegate.