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All is set for the Battle of the Chefs knock-out competition that begins in a week’s time and will pit eight two-member teams to showcase their culinary skills in a national contest that will run until March 18 when the winners will be announced.

So much is expected in the contest bringing together some of Zimbabwe’s finest chefs who will be given an opportunity to show their hands at some of the finest cuisine that the country has to offer.

The event has attracted a huge following not only from locals but those abroad as well through social media platforms such as the Battle of the Chefs Facebook page.

The knock-out competition starts on February 16 and runs until the March 18 when the finale happens.

A spokesman for the organisers said the aims of the show were to raise funds for the Association of Zimbabwe Chefs as well as entertain and engage people who are passionate about good food.

The competition will have two rounds followed by a semi-final and the final on March 18.

The judges are top-notch industry players such as Lesley Lang the owner of the popular Harare-based Alo Alo Restaurant, Stephen Hyde the executive chef at Emmanuel Restaurant, Cherylyn Conlon owner and chef at the Coffee Garden, Innocent Masuku the executive Chef at Rainbow Towers and HD Fraser the executive chef at The Venue.

The organising team consists of Joseph Bunga, Veronica Monteiro, Innocent Masuku and Stephen Hyde.

The contest provides a platform for the chefs to showcase their talent to the people in Zimbabwe and globally using social media channels.

The 16 teams are:

Panthers — Webster Mupingo and Mashu Nkhomo

Eagles — Fred Kambizi and Devine Rwambiwa

McRay — Amy McLeod and Aretha Raymond

Tigers — Kimberly Semmons and Waylin McKop

The Legends — Brighton Nekatemba and David Lupenga

Sauce — Yo — Paths — Tariro Karira and Musodzi Mushonga

Dragons — Tinotenda Mutamba and Emmanuel Chikoore

Ants — Ant Berens and Tony Attwell.

Tickets for the show are available at $50 per person and include a two-course lunch, soft drinks and wine. A bonus for ticket holders is that they will undergo short training on how to judge a chefs’ competition.

Source : The Herald