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Jan Braai Talks About His Journey to Becoming a Braai Master and Author

FireworksClaire Reddie interviewed Jan Braai for the Getaway Blog to find out how he went from a job in finance to braaing for a living.

Jan also wrote a Getaway Blog article about the process of writing his first book, Fireworks, which was published earlier this year. He compared the experience to raising a child and said that after the initial draft it took on a life of its own.

The Getaway Blog is offering five readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book. Just answer the simple question below to stand a chance to win:

On which date is National Braai Day?

Jan Braai doesn’t believe in braaing with gas, refers to chicken as a veggie (it’s one of his standing jokes), has an exercise programme to get anyone braai-fit, can cook a steak to perfection in just about any conditions and broke a world record when he braaied non-stop for more than 28 hours. He’s also a man on a mission: to unite all South Africans around simple wood fires for one day each September. And it seems his goal is more within reach than ever before ahead of this year’s National Braai Day on 24 September.

As I write this column, my book is off to the printers and I feel as if I’ve just dropped off my eldest child at university. You see, writing a book is like what I imagine it must be to raise a kid.

Fireworks is about braaing, about making fires with wood and about you confidently cooking great meals on the coals of that fire. Thanks to the unique direction my life has taken over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to braai quite often, with diverse people, in various beautiful places, using different techniques. As a result, there is now quite a bit of tacit knowledge in my head that I wanted to share with my fellow braaiers, to bring you up to speed, so to speak (check out my top braai recipes online).

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