Chef Buddika Samarasekara & Apprentice Chef Isuru Sampath of Hilton Colombo Represents Sri Lanka In Bocuse d’Or Asia For The First Time

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January 11, 2012

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka has selected Chef Buddika Samarasekara and Apprentice Chef Isuru Sampath, out of 11 finalists to represent Sri Lanka at the 15th Bocuse d’Or Asian Competition which is schedule to take place in Shanghai from 12th to 14th June 2012 .Four candidates from the Asian competition will be selected for the finals in Lyon, France in January 2013, where they will compete against the best Chefs from all over the world.

The Bocuse d’Or Sri Lankan competitions were held at the Sri Lankan Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management premises followed by a gala dinner at Hilton Colombo. The Judging panel comprised Otto Weibel, the President of Bocuse d’Or Asia, Christophe Megel, President – Bocuse d’Or Singapore, Nigel Austin, Shyamalee Tudawe and Michel Sealen.

Bocuse d’Or is a global network of Chefs, future celebrities, famous cooks and partner companies. The founder of the Bocuse d’Or Committee is Chef Paul Bocuse who believes that Chefs should not be limited to kitchens. He wanted to reveal the culinary skills of Chefs to the world and ever since 1987 the Bocuse d’Or contest has been giving young chefs a unique opportunity to demonstrate their skills.

Chef Buddhika has won many awards and medals in Food Asia 2010, Dilmah Tea Culinary, Black Box, etc. He has 9 years of experience in fine dining with overseas exposure. “Being selected as the representatives for a Top International Culinary Competition is a dream come true. I am trying my best to bring the Bocuse d’Or title to Sri Lanka,” explained Chef Buddhika with a tone of determination.

The panel of judges had quite a task to select the best candidate for the Asian Finals.

The Hilton Colombo General Manager Rudolf Tröstler and the team congratulate Chef Buddhika Samarasekara and Apprentice Chef Isuru Sampath for reaching the international culinary arena.

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