Radisson Blu unveils Chuma restaurant

MARGARET SAMULELA, Lusaka THE phrase ‘local is lekker’ flowed off Radisson Blu Zambia executive chef, Darrly Freeman‘s lips on Friday night as he feted guests to delicious local cuisines. He was right. Local is always lekker. The testimony is in the huge numbers of people that flock to the famous ‘matebeto’ restaurants in Lusaka’s Thornpark every lunch hour. Zambians have a great love for local dishes such as bondwe and Chibwabwa, and being able to sample such cuisines in a five-star setup such as the Radisson Blu, is set to make it all the more delicious.


The Radisson Blu has tapped into this love by launching the new Chuma Grill menu and restaurant on Mondays. In an interview, Radisson Blu general manager Marius Wolmarans said the restaurant would serve Zambian cuisines in a comfortable and relaxed environment. “We want every guest coming into the country to have a real taste of the various Zambian foods, without having to leave our hospitable and warm environment,” Wolmarans said. Interestingly, the restaurant is named after one of the famous explorer, David Livingstone’s helpers, Chuma. Chuma was renowned for his hospitality to the explorer and is said to have taken great care of the explorer, especially in the last days of his life. And chef Freeman said the restaurant will also boost local business as most of the foods are sourced locally, especially from the Tuesday Market in Kabwata, Lusaka. Chef Freeman is the winner of the Master-cook Zambia 2014 cooking competition.

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