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Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka and the Chefs’ Guild of Lanka announced the winner of the Anchor Pastry Challenge 2015 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo last week.

Shalitha Samarawickrama, a chef at the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya took out the top prize, winning Rs.100,000. He will now go on to represent Sri Lanka at the ‘Asia Pastry Cup’ in Singapore later this year, on an all-expenses paid trip.

Chef RGMN Jayarathne from Cinnamon Lodge Habarana was the 1st runner-up with Chef Darshini Nirmanika from Eden Hotel Beruwela awarded 2nd runner-up.

Samarawickrama said that the Anchor Pastry Challenge had been an experience of a lifetime and a great opportunity for the contestants to learn and develop their careers.
This year’s Challenge saw nine qualifying chefs from across the country, contesting the grand finale, after fighting it out in the regional preliminary rounds.  Competing across two categories – dessert  and cake making – the contestants were judged based on the taste, texture, portion size, work place cleanliness, working technique, practicality and suitability of their efforts.

Kumar de Silva, Head of Food Services at Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka, said that the challenge aims to increase the standards of the local culinary industry and contribute positively to the hospitality industry here.

In addition to the Challenge, Fonterra and the Chefs’ Guild of Lanka supported the participating chefs at a regional level through workshops and training sessions which helped the participants contest more effectively at the competition. The training was also conducted with the aim of enhancing the chefs’ expertise and sharpening their culinary skills which Fonterra hopes would in the long run bode well for Sri Lanka’s culinary industry.