Sri Lanka: A memorable and eventful trip

From 15 – 27 January I was fortunate to travel around Sri Lanka doing demos at various hotels throughout the country, thanks to Sri Lanka in Style who organised this culinary trip, Jetwing Hotels and many other sponsors who helped make this possible.
It was a hectic schedule and I had to come up with over 90 recipes plus variations of dishes to meet with dietary requirements. Most of the meals comprised 4 course dinners and the exception was in Colombo where I did a 8 course dinner with the theme of “The story of my life in food”, and in Nuwara Eliya where it was a High Tea.

It was quite a experience as I had never done anything like this before. The Chefs and their teams at all the hotels were absolutely great – it was a weird experience seeing and tasting my food cooked by professionals. During each of these events I would do a demo of one of the courses. It was cooking every other day in a new and different place.

I sent on all the recipes beforehand, and apart from a few changes to accommodate seasonal availability it all went very smoothly. I would go into the hotel kitchens to check the produce, talk with the chefs, work out what needed to be done and discuss techniques etc. Later that day I would check out trial dishes and we would make changes as required. And also get everything organised for the demos. On the day of the demo/event, we would set up and that evening after cocktails and canapes I would demonstrate a course from that evenings meal. After the meal there would be a Q & A session and after a post dinner drink and coffee we would mingle and talk to the guests.

This was the program:
Negombo: Lagoon Hotel
Sigiriya: Vil Uyana
Colombo: Park Street Mews
Nuwara Eliya: St Andrews
Galle: Light House Hotel
Colombo: Galadari Hotel [charity lunch for Rotary]
plus a hands on children’s cooking class

It was a very busy schedule but I was very fortunate to have the help of all the Chefs and their teams from the hotels who I owe many many thanks to. I couldn’t have done it without their help.

It was lovely to meet so many people from all over the world who were fans of MasterChef and to talk to them about what I like doing: Cook!

The attached photographs are from the event at Park Street Mews, Colombo, which was a sell out dinner and the theme was “the story of my life in food”

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