Behind the Wheel with...

Justin Bonello

Sunset Shot

I am originally from...

Durban but I’ve lived in Cape Town my whole life. I don’t consider myself a Sharks supporter; I’m a Stormers supporter through and through.

My favourite part of the country is...

"We have this mindset that we have to travel big distances to find the best places. Give yourself an hour and a half in any direction of your hometown and you’ll be surprised at what you find."

The Wild Coast. There’s something about the big wide open spaces, not having any cell phone reception and spending the whole day fishing and not seeing anyone for hours.

The best food route to travel in South Africa is...

The road less travelled where you have no expectations and get surprised along the way. I’m busy shooting in the Karoo and I love eating the ‘egte kos’ (real food) produced by the farmers – everything from preserves to goat brain, offal and the age old family recipes that grandma used to make.

Clever ‘padkos’ to take on a long drive...

I’ve done it all from quiche, homemade biltong and rusks, to rice krispie treats, stuffed vetkoek and flasks of proper moer koffie. Nothing beats the taste of home when you’re travelling, instead of eating all that fast food rubbish.

An adventure chef will never travel without...

...his knives, sense of humour, and his humility.


My fantasy guest and ultimate travel companion for the greatest road trip of all time would be...

The late Keith Floyd. I think the two of us would get on like a house on fire…if I could keep up with his drinking.

My biggest road trip disaster was...

When I was just 18 years old, two mates and I decided to go on a road trip from Cape Town to the Transkei. En route we stopped at a place in Plettenberg Bay for New Year’s Eve. After we stocked up on booze and filled our cooler boxes with ice and other new year’s paraphernalia we parked our car near the beach. At about 22h00 we were walking back to our kombi-bar for another refill. Suddenly we heard a thump and a scream and turned around to see a random driver had reversed over my friend and was dragging him along the road. Needless to say it was off to the hospital, police station and possibly the worst new year’s eve of our lives, but it’s still one of the best road trips I’ve ever been on, because we made it to the Transkei in the end.            

My pet hate on the road is...

Litterbugs! We shouldn’t be proud of the fact that our national flower has become a plastic bag.

All South Africans MUST travel to...

Their backyards! We have this mindset that we have to travel big distances to find the best places. Give yourself an hour and a half in any direction of your hometown and you’ll be surprised at what you find.

The regions or areas best known for their unique food offerings are...

The wine lands and the Garden Route, BUT for me the best places are still going into the African markets where you get to go on your own food adventure.

All local roads lead to...

Adventure!

AT LAST, REALITY TV IS ABOUT TO GET SERIOUSLY TASTY!

South Africa’s inaugural outdoor reality TV cooking competition “Ultimate Braai Master” will launch on SABC 3 on 13 September 2012. Hosted by South African gourmet bush cook, Justin Bonello, the 13-part Programme will see 30 contestants travel 8 000 km to 13 off-the-beaten-track locations over 52 days in their quest to win the title of SA’s Ultimate Braai Master. This extreme cuisine TV series will be screened weekly on Thursdays at 20h00.