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Emirates flies Team Sri Lanka to 2020 Culinary Olympics

The team of chefs at the check in counters of the Bandaranaike International Airport
The team of chefs at the check in counters of the Bandaranaike International Airport

Dreams of culinary glory on the world stage took wing on Emirates to Germany this week, when the stars of Sri Lankan chefdom departed for the 2020 Culinary Olympics with the support and blessings of the world’s leading international airline.

 A passionate promoter of the art of gastronomy in its own right, Emirates is supporting Team Sri Lanka’s bid to win honours at the 25th edition of the International Exhibition of Culinary Art (IKA) as Airline Partner.

 The 28-member group led by Team Manager, multi Gold medal winner and legendary chef, chocolatier and restaurateur Gerard Mendis left on Emirates flight EK655 to Dubai and onwards to Frankfurt, Germany to compete at the Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart from 14th to 19th February 2020.

 As part of its support of the aspirations of the competing chefs, Emirates also helped transport more than 1000 kgs of masterpieces of culinary art, including delicate chocolate carvings, sour dough carvings, live fruit and vegetable carvings, pulled sugar exhibits and pastillaje sculptures from Sri Lanka to Germany for the ‘Individual-Showpiece’ segment of the competition.

 Commenting on the airline’s support to the Sri Lanka team competing at this year’s Culinary Olympics, Emirates Sales Manager Sri Lanka Devika Ellepola said, “As a global connector of people, places and cultures, Emirates has always understood and explored the strong nexus between cuisine and the travel experience. Sri Lanka, as one of the earliest destinations on the Emirates route network, has also contributed to this axiom and we are pleased to facilitate the country’s participation at this global event.”

 “The Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka is especially delighted to have Emirates as Airline Partner for the team competing at the 2020 Culinary Olympics, because we know that the airline shares our passion for gourmet cuisine,” said Chef Gerard Mendis. “Emirates also promotes signature Sri Lankan dishes as well as Ceylon Tea on-board its flights, helping take a taste of Sri Lanka to the world. Working together on this project therefore makes a lot of sense.”  When it comes to culinary competitions, Sri Lanka is well-recognised in the international arena. The teams that participated in the 2012 and 2016 IKA competitions brought home 14 and 17 Gold medals respectively; while the team that competed in the 2014 Culinary World Cup won 12 Gold Medals and two Gold awards of Excellence.

Founded in 1988, the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka is the first and the largest organisation of professional Sri Lankan chefs. Its mission includes enhancing the professional status of local chefs, focusing on training and development, promoting high-quality products and technical knowledge, linking professional bodies to create awareness on the importance of Culinary Art, and creating professional co-operation and mutual understanding among chefs. 


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