Previous Gautrain partnerships with Sunday Times Goodlife include the Healthy Recipe (2017), and Dessert Recipe (2018) contests. This year, the competition tests the culinary skills of amateur cooks in preparing a braai dish that can be cooked and served in under 60 minutes.

Dr Barbara Jensen, Gautrain Management Agency senior executive manager for communication and marketing, says, "Last year, the campaign was well-received, and we are excited to be part of the Sunday Times Goodlife Taste Experience again this year."

"As a public transport mode, the Gautrain strives to provide a service that is quick, safe and reliable. [The Gautrain] provides our passengers with an opportunity to focus on other leisure activities that foster a healthier lifestyle — the lifestyle that the Sunday Times Goodlife represents," Dr Jensen adds.

Winner of the 2018 Sunday Times Goodlife Gautrain Taste Experience, Willem Boonzaier, is on the judging panel this year. The top ten braai recipe finalists in the Sunday Times Goodlife Gautrain Taste Experience have officially been announced.

The finalists will participate in a cook-off at the Capsicum Culinary School in Rosebank on Friday, 29 March for the chance to win a first place cash prize of R8 000. Second and third place cash prizes are R5 000 and R3 000 respectively. The Ultimate Braai Master, Justin Bonello, will be presenting a masterclass during the 60-minute cook-off.

Bonello will also join the adjudication panel of Hilary Biller (Sunday Times food editor), Jensen and Boonzaier in deciding the 2019 champion.

The 2019 Sunday Times Goodlife Gautrain Taste Experience finalists (and their braai dishes) are:

Philip van Rensburg — Mediterranean lamb with idombolo and veggies — from Johannesburg
Zenda Liebenberg — South African Railway pap pie — from Durban
Bruce Retief — Pig on a train with braai bread — from Hermanus
Stef Conradie — Choekapaka chakalaka chicken — from Port Elizabeth
Gresham Madhan — Off the rails braai’d snoek — from Durban
Anam Xinwa — The ChooChoo Pork — from East London
Phetolo Maepa — Shosholoza ka Steak — from Johannesburg
Thando — Trick track braai’d fish — from Johannesburg
Boitumelo Theo Tseleng — The traditional braai chicken, pap and chakalaka — from Johannesburg
Illona Greef — Turtles on the Fast Track — from Johannesburg

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