Words: Bonny Fourie
The Taste of Joburg festival is just three days away, and this year, creating the juiciest, tastiest hamburger will never be easier than at the Robertsons Ultimate Burger Class.
Following the kick-off of Ultimate Braai Master Season 4: Game On this past weekend – which Robertsons Herbs & Spices headline sponsors, Taste Festival visitors can now learn how to become Ultimate Braai Masters in their own homes. Visitors to this year’s Taste shows will not only get the opportunity to participate in the fun, interactive classes, and learn all there is to know about creating the perfect burger, but also stand a few chances to win amazing prizes.
The Robertsons Ultimate Burger Classes were such hits at the Cape Town leg of the show that the classes were increased to 48 participants for the Durban features – which were tremendous hits despite heavy downpours – and will remain at this increased number for the Joburg shows too. This means that even more people can have the opportunity to take part.
Robertsons Herbs and Spices have developed delicious homemade burger recipes to be recreated at the classes, from exotic Spanish Beef Burgers to tasty Tomato and Rosemary burgers. The Spice People will partner with the big guns from the UBM show to host their Ultimate Burger Classes, which will take place at the Joburg show from 24-27 September at Montecasino.
First in line is expert butcher Caroline McCann, from Braeside Meat Market, who will impart her wealth of knowledge on class participants, allowing them to easily make the perfect burger patty – beginning with the right spicing and use of high-quality ingredients, and ending with correctly deboning meat, removing sinew, and mincing it to get the perfect patty texture.
Robertsons will then top this with personal interactive sessions from local culinary celebrity and Ultimate Braai Master host Justin Bonello.
Justin, who describes himself as a cook, presenter, traveller, father, husband, film-maker, and gardener – “but not particularly in that order” –, will feature at two sessions on Saturday afternoon when he leads the classes and shares top-notch hints, tips and recipe ideas for delicious homemade burgers.
Class participants will be involved in the process as they help taste-test different Robertsons Spice combinations and develop their own combinations to set their burgers apart from the rest They will also have the opportunity to prepare and braai them under the guidance of the experts.
On Sunday 27 September, Masterchef finalists Leandri and Seline van der Wat will join the Ultimate Burger Classes, serving up their advice on just what is needed to make the best burger. The sisters have also promised loads of fun and laughs while they do it!
The excitement does not stop there, however, as one lucky participant from each of Justin’s classes will win Justin’s book, Road Tripping, while all participants will walk away with a braai caddie filled with Robertsons spices.
Added to that, one overall Robertsons Ultimate Burger Class participant will win a fantastic Jet Master Portable Griller, so once you have learned to create the ultimate burger, you can cook it on this amazing braai.
Taste of Joburg show visitors will be able to sign up for the burger classes at the show at R50 per person. Spaces are limited so get there early to have a chance of participating.
For more info see the attached class schedule, or go to the Robertsons Herbs & Spices website: www.robertsons.co.za and Taste plus Robertsons Facebook pages.