GORILLA HIGHLANDS STAGES THIRD EDITION OF THE ANNUAL ‘SILVERCHEF COMPETITION‘
(Posted 06th May 2017)
Chefs from Uganda and Rwanda will next weekend compete for honours again when they engage in culinary battle for the coveted ‘Silverchef Hat‘, South Western Uganda’s premier food competition.
The venue this year will be the ‘Birdnest Resort‘ on Lake Bunyonyi near the South Western Ugandan town of Kabale, also known as the springboard to the Ugandan mountain gorilla national parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga.
Organizers Gorilla Highlands’ Miha Logar confirmed to this correspondent that a record number of chefs have this year signed up for the culinary competition, which was launched three years ago to develop cooking and presentation skills among in particular local chefs.
Last year did Rwandan chefs for the first time participate as the area of coverage was expanded across the border following the closer cooperation of the two countries in tourism promotion and becoming part of the common tourist Visa which, besides Uganda and Rwanda, also includes Kenya.
The chefs will be allocated into two groups, one preparing a lunch while the other will prepare a dinner on the 13th of May, i.e. next Saturday.
One dish must be vegetarian – a reflection of the tastes of more and more of the travelers visiting the Ugandan and Rwandan highlands – while the other dish this year focuses on the use of fish and crayfish, both locally available in the region in some abundance.
The following hotels, lodges and resorts had their names registered at the deadline and will send a chef to compete:
Akagera Game Lodge Rwanda BirdNest Resort, Uganda Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Bunyonyi Overland Resort, Uganda Chameleon Hill Lodge, Lake Mutanda, Uganda
Cephas Inn, Kabale, Uganda Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Itambira Island Seeds of Hope, Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Kigali Marriott, Rwanda Mirror Hotel, Kigali Rwanda Mutanda Lake Resort, Uganda Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Uganda Rushaga Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Ruth Kamuteera (from Lake Victoria Serena Resort who will compete as an individual)
This is the hitherto largest number of competitors lining up to compete and take the 2017 Silverchef Hat at the end of the event.
Supporting the initiative is once again the Uganda Tourism Board which has also given logistical boosts to previous events, in line with promoting the country not just for its natural attractions but also for hospitality excellence.
(UTB’s Sylvia Kalembe seen here ‘crowning’ the 2016 winner with the 2015 winner displaying his certificate in the next picture)
Judges are drawn from the Ugandan’s tourism sector and the event is due to be covered by local media through travel and tourism journalists known to help promote Uganda and neighbouring Rwanda.
Watch this space as the event unfolds next weekend at Lake Bunyonyi.