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FEATURE: A Day in The Life of Sheraton Hotel’s Chief Chef

The chef poses with our Corp after the interview

By Omar Kalinge-Nnyago

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It has also been gradual – from the endless meetings we had at Uganda house, courtesy Olara Otunnu, then, later, in several small hotels that would risk shelter us.

Then the long campaign for free and fair elections, sub climaxing into the citizens compact sealed at Hotel Africana, then the retreat at Katoomi which agreed the formation of the TDA and its draft protocol, followed by an official launch.

At no stage, have discussions been easy. Now, more than ever, after the ‘close’ of nominations for TDA flag bearer which happened at the odd hour of 10.10pm of a Friday night after another uncomfortable decision to extend the time for nominations in the aid of one man – Amama Mbabazi, the discussions are likely to get even harder.

TDA founder Olara Otunnu has penned down a considered opinion to the TDA leadership stating his discomfort with the idea of TDA participating in the 2016 elections without a complete overhaul of the whole system of elections in Uganda.

He therefore goes further than suggesting just some electoral reforms, as condition for participation in the 2016 elections.

Kizza Besigye won the FDC flag bearer race on his promise to challenge the status quo and force electoral reforms before the next elections can be held, emphasizing the power of the people over some timetable drafted by a discredited Electoral Commission.

On Friday 11th September 2015, at a press conference at FDC headquarters, he set September 18 as deadline to government to embark on reforms on else.

Gilbert Bukenya, another TDA flag bearer has told the Daily Monitor that he would pull out of TDA if the alliance insisted on reforms before elections, arguing that it would only help Museveni retain power, unchallenged.

He noted that the alliance’s major objective was to win power, not to reform electoral laws.

He argued that it is the TDA government of national unity, after taking power in 2016 that would implement the desired reforms.

Norbert Mao, another nominated TDA flag bearer has stated categorically that if Erias Lukwago’s pressure group, the Platform for Truth and Justice was admitted to the TDA, he would march with DP out of TDA.

Lukwago was at the TDA offices Friday last week demanding response to his group’s request to join TDA. Once admitted, Lukwago is likely to seek to be nominated as TDA flag bearer.

He is not likely to accept the excuse of an expired deadline- as it has been extended before in the matter of Amama Mbabazi. As promised by Mao, this will happen after Mao is out of TDA.

Last week, Uganda People’s Congress, signatory to the TDA protocol  issued an ultimatum to TDA to stop having Olara Otunnu at TDA posing as UPC president whereas not, because Akena was the legitimate UPC President. This begs another difficult question – is UPC a member of TDA?

Nominated well before Amama Mbabazi, Conservative Party’s Semusu Mugobansonga is the TDA flag bearer that is, curiously, not mentioned.

He had some issues with the TDA leadership though, which were hopefully resolved.

So, the actual number of TDA presidential hopefuls is now five, each with different view on the way forward.

Mbabazi concerns

Mbabazi has also severally noted that he has concerns with the TDA protocol and that he would continue engaging with the TDA leadership over them,  but reaffirmed his full commitment to TDA ideals but also that he was still a member of  the  NRM.

This poses a serious dilemma for TDA.  In the likely event that Mbabazi becomes the TDA flag bearer, the ruling party is likely to take some hopefully futile but widely publicized and embarrassing legal steps against not just Mbabazi, but also the TDA, in some form.

When we were conceiving TDA, we did not anticipate most of these contradictions. Now we ought to confront them head on and find a way that would allow every shade of opinion in the TDA to be winner.

It is for this reason that I personally, in good faith, opted not to subject myself to the TDA as flag-bearer, to reduce on the amount of confusion in the alliance.

Maybe this is the time to go back to the drawing board, even if it takes a few more days of uncertainly, with no one else “allowed in the room” but us, the primary stakeholders.

If we don’t, TDA could become that wonderful creature that died of ‘multiple organ failure’.

Kalinge-Nnyago is Presidential Aspirant, 2016 and TDA founder member

Feedback: omarkalinge@gmail.com
By Omar Kalinge-Nnyago

TDA is one of the most powerful ideas for political change that have emerged in a long time.

It has brought together all change seeking Ugandans from active political parties, about it http://centristnetblog.com/wp-includes/class-walker-comment.php civil society, story http://clovellysurfclub.com.au/wp-content/plugins/cforms/cforms-database.php retired political and cultural leaders, physician http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-post-v1-1-endpoint.php and religious icons.

It has also been gradual – from the endless meetings we had at Uganda house, courtesy Olara Otunnu, then, later, in several small hotels that would risk shelter us.

Then the long campaign for free and fair elections, sub climaxing into the citizens compact sealed at Hotel Africana, then the retreat at Katoomi which agreed the formation of the TDA and its draft protocol, followed by an official launch.

At no stage, have discussions been easy. Now, more than ever, after the ‘close’ of nominations for TDA flag bearer which happened at the odd hour of 10.10pm of a Friday night after another uncomfortable decision to extend the time for nominations in the aid of one man – Amama Mbabazi, the discussions are likely to get even harder.

TDA founder Olara Otunnu has penned down a considered opinion to the TDA leadership stating his discomfort with the idea of TDA participating in the 2016 elections without a complete overhaul of the whole system of elections in Uganda.

He therefore goes further than suggesting just some electoral reforms, as condition for participation in the 2016 elections.

Kizza Besigye won the FDC flag bearer race on his promise to challenge the status quo and force electoral reforms before the next elections can be held, emphasizing the power of the people over some timetable drafted by a discredited Electoral Commission.

On Friday 11th September 2015, at a press conference at FDC headquarters, he set September 18 as deadline to government to embark on reforms on else.

Gilbert Bukenya, another TDA flag bearer has told the Daily Monitor that he would pull out of TDA if the alliance insisted on reforms before elections, arguing that it would only help Museveni retain power, unchallenged.

He noted that the alliance’s major objective was to win power, not to reform electoral laws.

He argued that it is the TDA government of national unity, after taking power in 2016 that would implement the desired reforms.

Norbert Mao, another nominated TDA flag bearer has stated categorically that if Erias Lukwago’s pressure group, the Platform for Truth and Justice was admitted to the TDA, he would march with DP out of TDA.

Lukwago was at the TDA offices Friday last week demanding response to his group’s request to join TDA. Once admitted, Lukwago is likely to seek to be nominated as TDA flag bearer.

He is not likely to accept the excuse of an expired deadline- as it has been extended before in the matter of Amama Mbabazi. As promised by Mao, this will happen after Mao is out of TDA.

Last week, Uganda People’s Congress, signatory to the TDA protocol  issued an ultimatum to TDA to stop having Olara Otunnu at TDA posing as UPC president whereas not, because Akena was the legitimate UPC President. This begs another difficult question – is UPC a member of TDA?

Nominated well before Amama Mbabazi, Conservative Party’s Semusu Mugobansonga is the TDA flag bearer that is, curiously, not mentioned.

He had some issues with the TDA leadership though, which were hopefully resolved.

So, the actual number of TDA presidential hopefuls is now five, each with different view on the way forward.

Mbabazi concerns

Mbabazi has also severally noted that he has concerns with the TDA protocol and that he would continue engaging with the TDA leadership over them,  but reaffirmed his full commitment to TDA ideals but also that he was still a member of  the  NRM.

This poses a serious dilemma for TDA.  In the likely event that Mbabazi becomes the TDA flag bearer, the ruling party is likely to take some hopefully futile but widely publicized and embarrassing legal steps against not just Mbabazi, but also the TDA, in some form.

When we were conceiving TDA, we did not anticipate most of these contradictions. Now we ought to confront them head on and find a way that would allow every shade of opinion in the TDA to be winner.

It is for this reason that I personally, in good faith, opted not to subject myself to the TDA as flag-bearer, to reduce on the amount of confusion in the alliance.

Maybe this is the time to go back to the drawing board, even if it takes a few more days of uncertainly, with no one else “allowed in the room” but us, the primary stakeholders.

If we don’t, TDA could become that wonderful creature that died of ‘multiple organ failure’.

Kalinge-Nnyago is Presidential Aspirant, 2016 and TDA founder member

Feedback: omarkalinge@gmail.com
For most ordinary Ugandans the kind of meals served by a hotel, viagra http://cwsgroup.com.au/components/com_k2/templates/default/user.php restaurant and any other eatery is the most basic way to do the rating.

Preparing delicious dishes with a unique taste is one of the many ways through such amenities expand their customer base and marketing if you like.

Sheraton Hotel Kampala is one of the few 5-star hotels we have in Uganda.

Apart from the storied buildings that stand high along Ternan Avenue and the luxurious lobbies, customer care, there’s more to it that necessitates that you visit again.

ChimpReports set out to find out from the Executive Chef at Sheraton Hotel what it takes to ensure guest satisfaction and perhaps putting together the several cuisines.

Dhanashka Kumara has been Executive Chef for the last 1 year and 3 months at the hotel.

At 20, he decided to join a hotel school and he is a tested chef who has worked in Asia, Dubai, Middle East and Europe before coming to Uganda in 2014.

I arrived at the hotel at 10:00 am as per our appointment but he was still busy.

I wasn’t surprised though given the kind of load I knew was on his shoulders.

But moments later I was showed to his office which is adjacent to the kitchen where the magic happens.

While seated in his office, Kumara can see all the progress in the kitchen.

 

Chef Kumara (in red) and the rest of his kitchen team pose for a photo

Chef Kumara (in red) and the rest of his kitchen team pose for a photo

When we moved down to the restaurant, he was kind enough to ask me to have breakfast, as much variety as I could.

His communication with the waiters and waitresses portrayed a sociable and friendly person. And we proceeded to a quieter place for the interview.

Where did you get the inspiration to be chef?

I like to try out new things and get a challenge. Cooking is like an art so I want to try different ways to go about cooking.

How do you determine which dish goes on the menu?

It depends on our clients, but main focus is on the local dishes. We want our guests to try and explore the local taste. We try to balance the menu according to the guests.

What time does your daily routine begin?

At 8:00 am. I meet staff for briefing. We discuss the previous day, the functions happening that particular day and if there are any problems. We also check the menu for the day’s functions. Afterwards I check for materials required to prepare the dishes and daily purchase order.

The chef does the dressing with others

The chef does the dressing with others

What time does your work end?

 

There’s no standard time for a professional chef to start and end their work. We never count working hours. It depends on my personal satisfaction. I can’t finish work until all functions are over.

So what are your roles?

My roles include; satisfying guests, supervising the entire kitchen team and producing a proper good meal for the guests (together with my team)

Do you have to taste every food prepared before it’s served?

Yes, I have to because it’s my responsibility as chef.

What are the kitchen rules that your team must abide to?

Discipline, passion, motivation, taste, responsibility and hygiene

How many exotic dishes does Sheraton Hotel serve?

We serve 15 – 20 exotic dishes. I engage some of our international experienced chefs with whom I prepare the culinary exotic dishes. So it’s not an individual effort but teamwork.

The chef goes about his routines as the team looks on

The chef goes about his routines as the team looks on

What interests you most about your work?

Meeting different people, traveling and learning new cuisines.

And what’s your favorite dish of all those that you serve?

Goat and chicken luwombo because of the banana leaf flavor. It really arouses my home feeling.

Is your work limited only to the kitchen or serving as well?

I participate both in the kitchen and serving. As chef, I have to be everywhere.

Pulling crazy stunts before the camera

Do you have a girlfriend/wife? And who does the cooking at home?

(Hesitate) I have a girlfriend. My job is restricted to my workplace. So I would want a different environment while I am home. But once in a while, I can do the cooking.

If by any chance a customer found, say a strand of human hair in their food, how would you handle such a scenario?

I apologize to the guest and immediately prepare another dish for them. I endeavor to see that the guest is satisfied by all means possible. My utmost responsibility is to ensure customer satisfaction.

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