Popeye and Olive Braai Master, Roxanne van Breda laid the blame squarely at the feet of her father for their dismal Ultimate Braai Master performance.
It was apparent right from the start that all was not well between the father and daughter team and had not been since the Orange River challenge.
Roxanne van Breda was not happy with her fathers attitude and in all fairness to her, Barry Davis did not look like a man who wanted to be there. He gave the impression that when he signed up for this adventure to support his daughter he did not fully appreciate what he was in for.
Back at the Orange River challenge he had to endure a 4 hour paddle down the river and now in Lambert’s Bay it was cold, wet and the wind was blowing, as it does in that part of the world
He was not a happy camper!
Happier days for Roxanne van Breda and her father, Barry Davis at the Wild Coast auditions.
It began to unravel in the early stages of the team challenge at Muisbosskerm, in Lambert’s Bay where the teams were tasked with replicating a menu they had eaten earlier in the day, which included crayfish, hake and paella.
The restaurant has been voted one of the “Top Ten Sea Views to Dine For” by National Geographic and one of the top ten things to do in South Africa according to “Getaway’s Top Ten”, published by Readers Digest.
Muisbosskerm, derives it’s name from the local herdsman, that migrated to the area during the changing seasons, seeking pasture and water for their cattle. They built shelters from a local bush called “Muisbos”.
The South African West Coast is well known for its crayfish and different kinds of fish, baked, smoked or grilled.
Barry was tasked with filleting the hake, a task he battled with and not only was he, in Roxanne’s eyes, too heavy handed with it, he forgot to scale the fish too!
The hake was to be used for the Paella and Barry did not appreciate nor understand his daughters demand for expertly cut pieces of fish.
She was having none of it saying, “My Dad’s being too rough.”
What Barry did not understand was that it was needed for the braai too, there was no other hake available to use.
Roxanne continued to berate her father, telling him that he will have to fork up the R500 000 prize money if they go out of the competition.
She did not let up and was later seen telling the camera that she was “very upset with him”.
“I don’t think he understands how much this competition means to me”.
“He’s got it all, it’s okay for him he doesn’t need this competition”.
“He’s got to do things a certain way and it’s my way this time” she insisted.
The teams moved on to Scarborough for the elimination challenge and Roxanne van Breda looked and sounded like a beaten woman, there was no fight left in her, she had already decided that they had lost and were going home.
The events of the past few days and the rapidly deteriorating relationship with her braai buddy and father Barry Davis had taken it’s toll.
The elimination challenge was to prepare some mussels which they first had to go an collect from the rocks on the sea shore.
The wind was blowing, as it does in that part of the world and Team Popeye and Olive were simply not up to the task.
Roxanne once again blamed her father for pouring too much wine into the pot and then blamed the wind for preventing the heat from building up so that she could simmer and reduce the wine.
The fact that there were nine other teams competing in the same conditions was lost on Roxanne, it was all Dad’s fault.
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