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African Sun chef David Lupenga is this year’s master chef after winning the Zimbabwe Home and Garden Chef of the Year competition that was held in Harare recently.

The annual competition that took place on the sidelines of Home and Garden Travel Expo attracted 16 chefs from all local hotel groups.

These included Cresta, Rainbow, Meikles, Bronte and the winning team African Sun.

“I feel humbled by the acknowledgement because this title did not come on a silver platter.

“It was a result of hard work and perseverance. I would like to thank African Sun, my colleagues and everyone who made this possible,” said Lupenga, who is Crowne Plaza’s executive chef

He has retained the grand title after being the ultimate winner of the same competition last year.

For coming out tops, the master chef won a holiday trip for two to Lusaka, Zambia, building bricks, food hamper, a trophy and certificate.

He took time to share his culinary secrets while giving tips of the trade.

“To win such competitions, one needs to be well versed with the latest culinary trends and be innovative too.

“Networking with other chefs goes a long way as you share ideas on how to improve cuisines. Most importantly, one should resort to healthy cooking that does not compromise nutrient value and the flavour of food,” he said.

In this year’s edition of the competition, chefs were divided into teams of two. Cresta Group of Hotels and African Sun produced two teams because they are bigger than other groups.

The competition started off with the teams preparing a starter and main meal for four people.

In this round, Lupenga and his partner, Chef Kudakwashe Makoni, stuck to seafood and prepared prawns and saffon bream.

Four teams were knocked out with the remaining being tasked to prepare a meal for 12.

They prepared chicken breasts wrapped in bacon and served with salsa verde rice (mixed with herbs), earning a place in the final.

In the final round Lupenga faced Bronte Hotel alone as his partner had been knocked out of the competition.

His winning dish, however, was a tree of beef that was prepared in different methods.

Source : The Herald