Ultimate Braai Master Judge, Marthinus Ferreira is a well travelled man including stints at Heston Blumenthal’s “The Fat Duck” and Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Cafe.
Marthinus Ferreira trained at the Institute of Culinary Arts, which is regarded as one of South Africa’s leading schools.
He then embarked on a culinary journey of learning that eventually took him to the United Kingdom.
His journey began at the Impalila Island Lodge and JC Le Roux restaurant where he worked as a trainee before he moved on to La Colombe as Chef de Partie in 2002. La Colombe was ranked in the South African Top 10 at the time.
From there he headed to Johannesburg where he was Head Chef at the Circle Restaurant in Greenside. It was a brief stay as he soon moved back to the Cape and Sculphek in Hermanus.
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His real culinary journey began when he decided to move to the UK and joined the Riverside Brasserie as Head Chef.
In a drive to further his knowledge Marthinus worked in as many restaurants as possible and this strategy paid off as he acquired positions at Heston Blumnethal’s world Top 10 Restaurant “The Fat Duck” and Gordon Ramsay’s “Boxwwod Cafe”.
When it comes to food Marthinus takes a broad look at the industry, he wrote for Prue Leith “I enjoy taking a broader gaze at the industry. I am inspired by that which exists outside of my “cultural bubble” when it comes to food.”
He believes that when you put someone in a box they are forced to be more creative, trendier.
This no doubt is something that we can look forward to on Ultimate Braai Master, just like on MasterChef SA, contestants with specific parameters around what they have to cook with the most creative coming out on top.
Having Marthinus Ferreira on board as an Ultimate Braai Master Judge, is the cherry on top.
Upon his return to Sout Africa, Marthinus opened DW Eleven-13 in 2009 and very quickly established it as one of the best restaurants in South Africa, finishing 5th in 2011.
It is here where Marthinus “challenges the diner to step out of their comfort zone and to taste, feel, understand the subtle pleasures of fine dining and what it really means to eat out of the box.”
On the UBM bio he says, “For 11 years I have tried to learn all I can about food. For me, food is about creating and reliving memories. That smell, taste and texture that is ingrained in your memory for years and which you think you will never experience again is sometimes awakened in food. To me, that makes food special.”
Talking about Ultimate Braai Master, Marthinus said, “The relationship between a Braai Master and a Braai Buddy is just like that of a Head Chef and a Sous Chef in a kitchen.”
“Both of you have to work together as a team to produce the best food possible.”
“You’re going to have to prove to myself and the other judges that your’e worthy of it.”
Meet Ultimate Braai Master Judge, Marthinus Ferreira