The Robertson Small flexes its braai-ceps for National Braai Day

Monday, 16 September, 2013
The Robertson Small Hotel
The Robertson Small Hotel added a tantalising twist to the ultimate South African pastime when this 5-star luxury retreat gathered its tongs for an all fired-up Smackdown at The Small on Saturday, 7 September in celebration of National Heritage Day (24 September) and its concomitant partner National Braai Day.

In preparation for this annual highlight on the social calendar, one of the country’s best loved celebrity chefs, Reuben Riffel and Assistant Chef Tiaan van Greunen, shared their smoking hot braai secrets and guided a jovial group of ‘braaistros’ and foodie firebugs through the art of gourmet grilling.

“This interactive ‘braai boot camp’ was more than just about throwing meat on the coals. It was about celebrating South Africa’s common heritage and honing ones skills to ensure a blazing success, every time you light that fire. We took the backyard barbecue to gourmet heights,” explains Tiaan.

Meat aficionados and vegetarians were in for a sumptuous treat and a few ‘local is lekker’ surprises when the chefs added their own sizzling spin on this ubiquitous South African style of cooking with unique main and side dishes straight off the grill. The guests tucked into a delicious four-course fire and smoke inspired feast, ranging from savoury appetizers, and a braai fondue to caramelised, flame-kissed dessert delights.

Besides inter-active and enlightening cooking demonstrations, enthusiasts were also given the opportunity to create a tasty braai-based starter from a ‘mystery box’ of ingredients in a culinary quest to be crowned the ultimate ‘Tongmaster’ of the day.

And where there is smoke and fire, there must also be an infusion of refreshing libations, therefore the guests were also given the opportunity to pair the dishes with a selection of wines from the area and were guided by certified sommelier, Susan Cashin, in discovering and understanding their own unique taste preferences.

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