July 27, 2021

Honey TV Launches ‘House Of Chefs’ With Siba Mtongana

HONEY TV launches a brand-new African-grown cooking show with South African celebrity chef and restaurant owner, Siba Mtongana and Ugandan TV personality, Sheilah Gashumba. On 13 August 2021, House of Chefs will premiere on DStv’s HONEY channel (173) at 9 PM.

House of Chefs sees eight young trainee chefs from Ghana, Rwanda, DRC, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia duke it out for a coveted internship at Chef Siba’s fine-dining restaurant and a R70K cash prize. “This is a career-changing opportunity for young chefs,” says Chef Siba. “During their internship at my restaurant, Siba, located in a prime spot in Cape Town, the winner will work closely with me as we explore and uplift African food to new heights in the fine-dining space. And let’s not forget that Cape Town is one of Africa’s culinary hubs. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for any budding chef.”

South African celebrity chef, Siba Mtongana takes centre stage as the show’s judge. Mtongana is widely known for authoring authentically South African recipes in her best-selling cookbooks, Welcome to My Table and Siba: Let’s Cook. She also hosted her own cooking show, Siba’s Table on DStv’s Food Network. The show went on to bag multiple international awards including a silver medal at the New York Festivals and TV Awards in 2019.

“House of Chefs is fresh and new,” says Zinzi Velelo, HONEY’s Head of Content. “Not only must you cook well to stay in the competition, you also have to fight to stay in the game, and if you are voted out, you need to scramble to find a way back in.

“It’s unique and ground-breaking in a number of ways,” the show’s producer, Amor Engelbrecht, explains. “Not only is this the first televised cooking show of its kind, featuring young chefs from across the African continent, but it is also a fresh reality show format. This is not a remake of an international show, but a homegrown product with its own vibrancy, exciting twists and unexpected turns.”

Contestants: Ingrid Musabe (26, Rwanda), Ruth Buliamu (26, Congo), Tobe Onyenyeonwu (21, Nigeria), Joseph Odoom (26, Ghana), Les Sempele (27, Kenya), Thabo Phake (24, South Africa), Merry Ziringa (23, DRC), Kalaba Chikamba (21, Zambia)

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