The long awaited Cinnamon-HSBC Marco Pierre White Challenge powered by Knorr concluded on a high recently, with celebrity chef and Judge of Master Chef Australia, Marco Pierre White judging the finalists and selecting the winner.  Young Anya De Silva emerged as the winner of the cook-off challenge.

With nearly a hundred applications received at the inception of the ‘cook-off’ challenge, the competition was then narrowed down to six finalists, which led to an exciting afternoon cooking for White as he judged and selected the winning dish.

The grand finale was set-up in a typical ‘Master Chef’ like setting; where the finalists prepared their dishes as a live audience cheered them on. Marco Pierre White’s executive chef Andrew Bennet, worked closely with all the finalists during the competition, providing them with due support and the opportunity to gain valuable insights to international culinary practices.

White, who observed the entire process, judged and selected the winning dish based not only on taste, but also on presentation and technicality. The winner was awarded a grand trophy, medal and a certificate. In addition to the award, the winner was also presented a hamper courtesy of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, an overnight stay at Cinnamon Bey Beruwala and an Oven courtesy of Beko by Singer.

The Cinnamon-HSBC Marco Pierre White Challenge was presented by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts powered by Knorr, in collaboration with the British High Commission, the national carrier SriLankan Airlines, Land Rover Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Tourism, Quintessentially Lifestyle and Trekurious. The kitchen equipment was provided by the Art House, Clover Concepts Pvt Ltd, Promolanka Marketing (PVT) Ltd, Beko from Singer, Sperrys Commercial Equipment (Pvt) Ltd and Nitmo Private Limited.