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Battle Of The Chefs Harare is reality television show which airs on ZBC TV. The program initially aired on Sundays between 1930hrs- 2000hrs, but was later moved to Thursday Night. Battle of the Chefs Harare was inspired by international cooking competitions like MasterChef, Chopped, The Ultimate Braai Master, etc and was started by Joseph and Veronica Bunga. [1]The show is open to both professional chefs and amateurs. The first episode of the reality show was aired in 2015. During the competition, a team of professional chefs compete for a $10000 [1] prize money.[2]The first season of the show was bankrolled by Joseph and Veronica Bunga who almost went broke due the financial outlay.[1] However, from season two onwards TM-PicknPay became the headline sponsor of the show.[1]

Show Format

Season One

Initially, in each episode of Season One, a team of two chefs competed against other teams in preparing three dishes: starter, main course and dessert. Registration for the Season was done online on Battle Of The Chefs website.[3] Contestants knew the ingredients prior to shooting the episode, therefore they were only required to come up with a dish from the ingredients provided.The contestants were given 45 minutes to prepare the dishes. Apart from that, they had access to a pantry with a wide range of ingredients and a fridge. The challenge was set to create creativity among participants. After every round, the judges critiqued every meal based on innovativeness use of ingredients, presentation and taste of the meals.[4]

Season 1 of the show had sixteen teams[5] which competed over a 60 day period. Each episode of Battle Of The Chefs required approximately 14 hours which were used for the shooting and editing.

Season Two and Season Three

From Season Two onwards, the format of the show changed a little bit in that it was now individuals competing against each other and not teams of two. In each episode, four chefs competed against each other in three challenges: technical challenge, innovation challenge and set recipe challenge. The chef who scored the lowest score was stripped of their chef's jacket.


Season Winner

1 Musodzi Mushonga and Tafadzwa Anifasi

2 Leandra Makaya
3 Ongoing

Season 1


The judges that deliberate on the meal are selected from Zimbabwe's Hospitality Industry, with the majority of them being Restaurant Owners with hospitality background and experience and Executive Chefs].Judging is done by consensus among a panel of the judges.[6]

Judge Name Title Organisation Number Of Appearances
Stephen Hyde Executive Chef Emmanuel's 8
Innocent Masuku Executive Chef Rainbow Tours 5
Cherylyn Conlon Chef & Restaurant Owner Coffee Gardens 8
Lincoln Myambo Consultant Chef Prime Bar & Grill 5
Lesley Orford Chef & Restaurant Owner Alo Alo Restaurant 1
Karl Eckard Chef & Restaurant Owner Pariah State Bar & Cafe 3
Sebastian Benning Restaurant Owner The Glass House 1
Carl Joshua Ncube Executive Chef Cotton Country Inn 2
Tecla Mapota Legal Practitioner Gwaunza & Mapota 1
Douglas Chareka Executive Chef Bronte Hotel 2
Glenn Stutchbury CEO Cresta Hotel Africa 1
Emma Hacker Food Service Rep Sea Pride Zimbabwe 1
Roy Lumsden Executive Development Chef Meikles Africa 1
Mario Da Silva Food Critics 1
Tawanda Muchineripi restaurant Owner Belcantos 1
Total Appearances 41

Season 2

Season 3

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Battle of the Chefs season II". The Zimbabwean. April 4, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2017.