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Masood in for a 90-hour grilling

18 September 2015 - 02:21 By Shelley Seid

Until the age of 19 Durban comedian Masood Boomgard was allowed only to light the braai fire. Now he is preparing himself for a grilling of a lifetime at the mother of all braais.Armed with tongs and a steady supply of firelighters, Boomgaard is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest braai marathon on Heritage Day.The current record of 80 hours of continuous braaiing was set in Georgia, US, by South African Jan Greeff last year.Greeff cooked 1,000 hotdogs, 200 mealies, 104 chicken pieces, 558 burgers and 526 pieces of boerewors over the course of three days.Now Boomgaard plans to twirl his tongs for 90 hours, beginning next Thursday afternoon - Heritage Day - and finishing at 9am on Monday.He has 5000 pieces of donated meat and feels he's ready for this Comrades-style cook-off."I come from a long line of proud braaiers," he said."Until the age of 19 I was only allowed to make the fire, I wasn't allowed to touch the meat. It was a rite of passage."The biggest challenge arising for the comic, however, will be the lack of comfort breaks.He will be in the hot seat for 55 minutes of each hour."I'm seriously considering adult nappies and Imodium," he said.The Guinness World Records organisation has stringent criteria, however."All the evidence has to be carefully recorded. The entire event has to be filmed with a clock visible in the background. A log book must be kept and two witnesses have to be present at all times."Everything has to be logged; if I catch fire for example, or turn vegetarian - it all goes in the log."Boomgaard is also the only person allowed to touch both the braai and the meat.He cannot allow the fire to die and he has to have five types of meat on the grill at all times.The mother of all braais takes place at Morrison Street and is part of the Durban Street Food Festival that runs from Heritage Day, September 24, until September 27.All the meat cooked will be donated to various charities."It's not been difficult to get sponsors on board," said Boomgaard."As soon as they realised that there would be a charitable element to it all, they were more than willing to help."..

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