Being part of the Marco Pierre magic
There was a lot of anticipation and excitement at the Knorr
Chefmenship Centre at Unilever Sri Lanka on January 23 as twelve hopeful
semi-finalists cooked it out at the Knorr Culinary Challenge to win a
spot in the Cinnamon HSBC Marco Pierre White Challenge powered by Knorr.
The six cooking enthusiasts who made it to the final round
with the panel of judges and Shamara Silva, Category Head
Core Foods, Unilever Sri Lanka.
Their gastronomic creativity was put to the test in a sizzling
60-minute cooking show off, under the watchful eyes of judges Chef
Gerard Mendis - Chairman, Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka; Culinary Consultant
and Knorr Chef Chathurika Anuradha; Chef Sunanda Kumar - Executive Chef
at Cinnamon Lodge and Tharanga Gunasekara - Head of Marketing and
Communications at HSBC Sri Lanka.
The excited participants stretched their creativity to the limit,
incorporating different twists and innovation to their creations, while
also including Knorr products, to create mouthwatering dishes.
The six cooking enthusiasts who qualified for the final round,
Lakshini Wijegoonewardane, Madushanka de Silva, Zeenat Shabana Firdous,
Chandula Walgama, Anya de Silva and Christina Ling Mei Kao, were
scheduled to cook for celebrated restaurateur, Australian MasterChef
judge, television personality and cook book author of British origin,
Marco Pierre White, in the nail-biting finale at Cinnamon Lakeside
One of the semi-finalists, Lakshini Wijewardane said, "I'm so excited
about the opportunity to meet Chef Marco Pierre White. He has been one
of my idols and I've watched his TV programs and learnt from his
inspirational advice to contestants".
"Even though I was unsure at the beginning, this particular quote
from Chef Marco, if you have a dream you have a responsibility to
yourself to make it come true, motivated me to believe in myself. I'm
glad that I was not just a dreamer but worked hard towards achieving
this goal", said Zeenat Shabana Firdous.
Unilever Sri Lanka's Category Head - Core Foods, Shamara Silva said,
"The cuisine of the 21st century is one that seamlessly blends the
heritage of rich gastronomic traditions with the fast-paced minimalism
of the modern day. We're delighted to join hands with Cinnamon Hotels &
Resorts and HSBC to give Sri Lankan cooking enthusiasts the opportunity
to showcase their creativity before the 3 Michelin-star winning chef
Marco Pierre White".
Marco Pierre White's tour of Sri Lanka is presented by Cinnamon
Hotels & Resorts in collaboration with the British High Commission of
Sri Lanka, the national carrier SriLankan airlines, HSBC, Knorr,
Quintessentially Lifestyle, Land Rover Sri Lanka, Hellman Logistics, Sri
Lanka Tourism, Cinnamon Air and Trekurious.