|From left to right: Head of HR Tsebo Zimbabwe – Kennedy Dera, MasterChef winner – Matthew Uranda, Guest Judge – Chef David|
Now in its second year, the Tsebo Zimbabwe MasterChef competition is an annual event that takes place in line with the global Chefs’ Day which celebrates the creative efforts and skills of chefs around the world. The competition is an opportunity for Tsebo’s Zimbabwean chefs to showcase their talents to clients and suppliers, as well as to reward the efforts of the winning chefs on the day.
Like MasterChef, the television series after which it is named, Tsebo MasterChef is a cookery competition in which Tsebo’s chefs are tasked with performing a list of common cooking techniques across the following categories:
- A cold-buffet main course platter
- A three-course lunch menu for one
- Zim Fusion
- Fruit and vegetable carving
- Live cooking
- Waiter service
- Master Chef
Chefs are judged on how well they followed instructions per category; the innovation and creativity they displayed and; the skills displayed while performing the requirements of the category.
After a gruelling day of food preparation and judging, Mathew Uranda, Tsebo’s Chef Patron at Toyota Msasa was named the ultimate Tsebo MasterChef for 2019. Uranda also led the team in the live cooking category (G) and came first in the cold-buffet main course platter category (A).
“The Tsebo MasterChef competition is a great opportunity for our Zimbabwean chefs to compete against, and learn from, each other while also impressing their clients by showcasing their full range of talents and skills. The fun but competitive environment allows the chefs to challenge themselves and each other to remain on top of their game.” said Ronald Campbell – MD, Tsebo Zimbabwe.
Key customers and suppliers are invited to attend the annual MasterChef and are involved in sponsoring the prizes.