Heritance Ahungalla, the recent recipient of the Sri Lanka Tourism award for the Best 5-Star Resort in the island has now emerged as the Best Hotel Team and Best Culinary Team in Sri Lanka after competing against both international and domestic star class hotels at the 14th Culinary Art Competition held from the 29th to the 1st of August, 2011. Organized by the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka, this event is the largest food and trade exhibition combined with that of a culinary competition.
Maintaining its reputation for offering the best cuisine in the country, Aitken Spence Hotels won an unprecedented 145 medals including the prestigious awards for the Best Hotel Team and the Best Culinary Team which were both won by Heritance Ahungalla.
There were 25 categories for the medals and the Aitken Spence medal tally displayed the sheer dominance the resort chain’s chefs had over its competitors in this field. World acclaimed Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe – Group Skills Development Chef, Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels who led the team and Mr.Amal Nanayakkara, General Manager –Training, whose continuous training and motivation guided the participants, were jubilant along with the teams from Heritance Hotels who collectively won 13 special awards out of a total of 32 special awards. The awards included the following: Best Cocktail – H.D. Dilum Jeewantha Jayathunga, Heritance Ahungalla, Bru Coffee Apprentice Dessert Live –Avner Deen, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Individual Ice Carving – Chef Anil Gunewardene, Heritance Kandalama, Dress the Cake – Chef Sanjeewa Niroshan Premathunga, Heritance Kandalama, Best Chocolate Showpiece – Chef Susantha Premalal Gunathilake, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Wedding Cake Structure – Chef T.Nirmal Alwis Weerasinghe, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Bartender (Mixologist) – G.H.D Shanika Niroshini Jayasekara, Heritance Ahungalla, Best Artist – Chef A.A Kavindu Isurumal Amarasinghe, Heritance Ahungalla, Most Outstanding Pastry Chef – Chef Sanjeewa Niroshan Premathunga, Heritance Kandalama, Most Outstanding Regional Team (Cultural Triangle) – Heritance Kandalama Culinary Team led by Chef Hassim, Most Outstanding Regional Team ( Southern Province) – Heritance Ahungalla Culinary Team led by Chef Lalith, Best Culinary Team – Heritance Ahungalla, Best Hotel Team – Heritance Ahungalla.
“I am tremendously proud of the achievements of my team, walking away with 145 medals from a competition such as this is no easy task. We believe that we are the best and having being presented with 13 of the special awards including the award for the Best Hotel Team in the island, no doubt reaffirms our beliefs”, said Mr.Gemunu Goonawardena, Vice President, Food and Beverage, Aitken Spence Hotels who has had a strong leadership influence on the team.
Chef Guilds of Sri Lanka from their modest beginnings in 1988 has emerged as the premier professional body of culinary professionals in the hospitality trade.
A platform for recognizing true culinary talents, the competition symbolizes the pinnacle of excellence as hundreds of practitioners in the food & beverage industry in the country gathers to prove their mettle.
“It is essential for us as a destination, to attract the high-end traveler, and in order to do so we need to be able to offer the products and services expected from this market segment. Aitken Spence Hotels is committed towards elevating the image of the country and being recognized as having the Best Culinary Team is yet another endorsement of our continuous yearn to position Sri Lanka as a world-class tourist destination. Our greatest asset is our staff at all levels who are loyal, dedicated and committed and work together as one team assisting and encouraging each other to be the best.” said Mr. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels whose unstinted support helped the team in its achievement.
Aitken Spence Hotels is the largest resort operator in Sri Lanka and the largest international hotel operator in the Maldives with a portfolio of hotels in multiple locations in India and Oman. Its range of international award-wining properties, management & culinary expertise and environmental commitment has set industry benchmarks both domestically and internationally.