Marthinus Ferreira is a South African chef best known as a judge on the SABC3 reality competition series The Ultimate Braai Master.
Marthinus is a man who draws on a wealth of experience from working in some of the finest dining destinations in the UK.
Whether it is working amongst Michelin star masters such as Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay, or expanding culinary appreciation on home soil, there is dedication and vision deeply entwined in all that Marthinus Ferreira does.
Having worked in a number of top establishments in South Africa, he has developed an innate understanding of the local restaurant industry.
Trained at the Institute of Culinary Arts, South Africa's leading school for world-class chefs, Marthinus received comprehensive and specialised training based on classic gastronomic principles, coupled with the ability to utilise innovative thinking and creative flair.
For more than 10 years he has worked in the culinary industry, operating in a range of locations on a national and international level.
With his innate talent and skills, Ferreira has accumulated hours upon hours of practical work experience in a number of top-level establishments learning from some of the most distinguished restaurateurs and chefs of our time.
Working in the U.K. is a part of Marthinus' life that has had a profound impact on him and his cooking.
Since 2001, Chef Ferreira has been working to refine his skills and to garner a deep and intimate understanding of the culinary industry.
Initially working as a trainee chef at Impalila Island Lodge and JC Le Roux Restaurant, he soon moved on to a position as Chef De Partie in 2002, working at La Colombe Restaurant until 2003 (one of the top 10 in South Africa at the time).
Following this he assumed the role of Head Chef at Circle Restaurant in Greenside where he received praise on his highly original menu from critics and co-workers alike.
In 2004, seeking to get away from the hustle of the city for a short period, he worked again as Head Chef at Sculphoek Guesthouse in Hermanus where he provided everything, from planning new menus everyday, completing orders and training staff, among other things.
2005 saw Marthinus heading off to the UK to discover a new world of cooking: he worked as Head Chef at the Riverside Brasserie, again taking on the responsibilities of originating menus, training staff and developing the establishment as a whole.
Always keen on learning, with a drive to be the best, Marthinus worked as a chef in numerous establishments such as The Fat Duck, Hind's Head and the Boxwood Café.
His restaurant, dw eleven -13, was voted "winner" in the Eat out Top 10 Awards in 2011.