Ultimate Braai Master Judge, Bertus Basson, has a passion for fresh, seasonal ingredients which began while working in London.
Bertus Basson began cooking at the age of 17 and at the age of 19 he moved to London where he learnt his trade at Chez Bruce, a 1 star Michelin establishment in Wandsworth.
Chez Bruce is widely regarded as one of London’s favourite restaurants, a title it has officially held for four years in ‘Harden’s London Restaurants’.
It is here that Bertus began his love affair with fresh ingredients while working with Bruce Poole, he described it as a life changing experience.
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When Bertus returned to South Africa he joined the Arabella Hermanus as one of the Sous Chefs.
In addition to furthering his culinary career at the Arabella Hermanus he entered cooking competitions and represented South Africa at the Culinary Olympics and the Global Chefs Challenge.
He opened his first business, All Things Culinary at age 25 with Craig Cormack and it soon became a successful catering operation.
He followed that up with “Overture Restaurant” in Stellenbosch which opened its doors in 2007, again with Craig Cormack.
The restaurant changes its menu daily and comprises of ten dishes based on fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable produce and offer wine pairing with Hidden Valley wines amongst a few others.
BertusBasson.com describes Bertus as being a man with a vision to “inspire through creation and to expand his knowledge of the products and food he so loves to create.”
Bertus Basson is a judge on Ultimate Braai Master. His knowledge of fresh, seasonal produce will no doubt add significant value to the contestants as they strive to become South Africa’s first Ultimate Braai Master.
Chatting about Ultimate Braai Master, Bertus said, “The team that is going to win Ultimate Braai Master are the people that can actually cook food.”
“They’re going to have to focus on technique.”
“They’re going to have to have common sense to be able to work under pressure.”
Braaing is for South African’s, that’s what we do best.”
“So it’s about finding someone who can take the braai to the next level.”
Meet Ultimate Braai Master Judge, Bertus Basson