Award for Lankan embassy chef in USA | Sunday Observer

Award for Lankan embassy chef in USA

7 April, 2019

At the 11th International ‘Chef Challenge’ concluded at the Reagan International Trade Centre in Washington DC on 2nd April 2019, Sri Lankan Chef, Anuradha Wijesinghe who represented the Sri Lankan Embassy, won the People’s Choice Silver Award.

Sri Lankan Chef Anuradha Wijesinghe was chosen for this award based on the second highest number of votes received at the Chef Challenge.

Over 30 Chefs participated in the 2019 International Chef Challenge - dubbed the “ Food Olympics “ by the diplomatic community in Washington DC, for its rich and diverse character and for the presentation of authentic cuisine of by chefs representing all geographical regions of the world.

The Sri Lankan Chef, Anuradha Wijesinghe showcased a wide range of Sri Lankan dishes and presented them in unique tastes and forms to suit the palette and appetite of a truly international gathering of food enthusiasts, who flocked to the Sri Lankan booth to taste Sri Lankan food of international standards. Given the large crowds queued up next to the Sri Lankan booth, Embassy staff had a nerve - racking experience, attending to the many who waited long, for mouthwatering Sri Lankan food.

By winning the People’s Choice Silver Award, Chef Wijesinghe has made Sri Lanka proud and will go a long way in promoting Sri Lanka and its culinary diplomacy among the diplomatic community in general and the Americans in particular, at a time when Sri Lanka has been ranked the most sought - after travel destination for 2019, by ‘Lonely Planet’ magazine.

This year, the Embassy of Sri Lanka had the distinct honour and privilege of hosting the “curtain raiser and media preview dinner “of the 11th International Chef Challenge at the Sri Lanka Residence on 20th March which brought together a large gathering of sponsors, well wishers and members of the media.

The Commercial Section of the Embassy coordinated and supported Sri Lanka’s participation in this year’s International Chef Challenge. The Sri Lankan booth also promoted Sri Lankan tea and tourism with the display of tea and tourism products.