MasterChef SA judges jump to’s Ultimate Braaimaster

2017-01-24 13:55

Cape Town – M-Net's MasterChef South Africa judges Pete Goffe-Wood and Benny Masekwameng are jumping to rival broadcaster and will now be judges on the new fifth season of Ultimate Braaimaster.

The new fifth season of the local braai series, of which previous seasons have also been broadcast on The Travel Channel (DStv 179), starts on on Sunday, 5 February at 16:00 with the first episode taking place at Cape St Francis.

The two former well-known chefs' faces from M-Net's cooking reality show will now be popping up as judges in the outdoor cooking competition show alongside presenter and judge Justin Bonello. 

Pete Goffe-Wood, the executive chef and CEO of Kitchen Cowboy, and Benny Masekwameng, Tsogo Sun's executive chef, will now bring their wit, sometimes acerbic remarks and death-stares that made them a viewer favourite on M-Net's MasterChef SA to Ultimate Braaimaster.

Ten teams of two will once again compete against each other across South Africa in various weekly braai challenges during a national braai road trip that saw the show traverse 7 000km.

" is proud to be broadcasting yet another exciting season of Ultimate Braai Master,"says Marlon Davids, the managing director of's channels division.

"The award winning show will give our viewers an introspective look into our unique cooking culture while exploring the magnificent landscape of South Africa."

Local food competition shows remain popular with programmes like the series Kom Ons Braai on Media24's Afrikaans lifestyle channel VIA (DStv 147), Chopped South Africa on the Food Network (DStv 175) and The Great South African Bake Off on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) that concluded its second season. 

In the new 5th season of Ultimate Braaimaster, produced by Cooked in Africa Films, teams travel to tourist attractions like the Drakensberg Mountains, Gamtoos River in the Eastern Cape, Letsatsi Game Lodge in the Free-State and Wavecrest Hotel&Spa in the Wild Coast.

The teams will explore extraordinary methods of surviving and consuming food prepared entirely on the fire. 

The Teams

Spice girls - Pretty and Precious Zondo from Durban.

Monante Cuisine - Two chefs from the Saxon Hotel, Surprise Mogano and Corvin Pietersen.

The Muttonheads - Durbanites, Tersian and Tarlan Baker.

The Explorers - Gugu Ngobese and Samkelisiwe Cele from Springs.

Ebony & Ivory - Brian Muller and Sfiso Nsele are both chefs residing around Kruger National Park.

Pretty Griddy -The team made up of a butchery manager and a housewife from Somerset West consists of Desiree IIngrann and Peter.

Smoke n’ Hot – Randhir Parbhunath and Surika Singh a sales manager and beautician from Stanger and Chatsworth in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Salty Flames - Chanel Marais from Milnerton Ridge in Cape-Town and Nick Perfect from Amanzimtoti.

Outlaws - Wouter Pretorius and Bertus de Vos, two brother-in-laws from Pretoria North and Randburg.

Empire - Belinka Forbes and Merle Rancke both from the Western Cape.

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