US celebrity Chef & TV personality Ms Carla Hall landed in Victoria Falls today Tuesday 5th September 2023. The renowned chef is visiting Victoria Falls, staying at Mbano Manor Hotel by Mantis for several days.

Chef Carla first linked up with the founder and owner of Mbano Manor Hotel, tourism professional Mati Nyazema in early 2022, having watched a video featuring the Zimbabwe hotel entrepreneur’s journey and challenges in developing the first black female owned five-star hotel in Victoria Falls. Carla immediately committed to come and visit the amazing hotel. She is accompanied by Los Angeles based, Zimbabwean make-up artist and entrepreneur Jacque Mgido. who hosted Carla during her time in Harare.

To celebrate Carla Hall’s visit, Mbano Manor Hotel is hosting a special “Mabiko nanaTete – Meal with the Sisters – Luncheon” on Wednesday 6th September 2023.

“The luncheon is a celebration of Zimbabwean village cuisine prepared by the hotel and women from the local community in Victoria Falls. To mark this momentous visit by our special African American Sister, we have even given Carla a local name, Zanele, which means “the girls are enough” . As a community, we are now whole because our dear Sister has joined us.”, explains Mati.

During her time at Mbano, Chef Carla, who is also travelling with her technical crew, will be sharing her expertise in the culinary space with the Mbano team.

Carla Hall first won over audiences when she competed on America’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars”. She has combined her love of food, people, and culture to write several cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, is a celebration of the rich culture and history of soul food. Chef Carla has two previous cookbooks – Carla’s Comfort Food: Favourite Dishes from Around the World and Cooking with Love: Comfort Food That Hugs You.

Mbano Manor Hotel by Mantis is an independent intimate luxury boutique hotel in Victoria Falls which opened in 2020. Nestled in a four-acre enclosed ancient teak forest, the eco-luxury experience is comprised of 18 luxury suites & one forest villa. The tranquil setting offers a uniquely perfect blend of rich cultural history and world-class hospitality at the majestic Victoria Falls.