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 recent 14th Culinary Art Competition Organized by the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka.
This event is the largest food and trade exhibition combined with that of a culinary competition.
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.
Best culinary Team Award
There were 25 categories for the medals and the Aitken Spence. World acclaimed Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe - Group Skills Development Chef, Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels who led the team and Amal Nanayakkara, General Manager, Training, whose continuous training and motivation guided the participants, along with the teams from Heritance Hotels 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.
"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 Food and Beverage Vice President Gemunu Goonawardena who has had a strong leadership influence on the team.
"It is essential for us as a destination, to attract the high-end traveller, 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." Aitken Spence Hotels Managing Director Malin Hapugoda said.