The IKA World Culinary Olympics 2012 – the Culinary World’s equivalence of the Olympics Games – was recently concluded in Erfurt, Germany. Sri Lanka’s own culinary excellence was highlighted when Chef Prageeth Kumara de Silva of Eden Resort & Spa, a participant under LOLC Leisure, won the Gold Medal for pastillage showpiece titled “Inspiring Affection”. He also won a Silver medal for the ‘Vegetable Display’ category and a Merit accolade for the ‘Live Vegetable Carving’ category.
This is the first time that the LOLC Leisure Group has taken part in an international apex culinary competition of this kind and won the top-class medals – Gold and Silver – at the maiden entry itself.
Chef Prageeth Kumara hailing from Kaluwamodara, Aluthgama has been a part of Eden’s culinary team since 2010 and has showcased tremendous versatility in Pastry, Carving, Cake Structures and Showpieces. His entry into the professional culinary world began with the Riverina Hotel – an LOLC Leisure Group Hotel – as a Kitchen Trainee at the age of 19. With over 17 years of experience in Sri Lanka’s tourism and leisure sector, Chef Prageeth’s creative culinary skills have been previously recognized and rewarded with a total of 29 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at various competitions held in Sri Lanka and abroad. Some of those noteworthy wins include, winning the Best Artist award three times at the Hotel Asia competition held in the Maldives and winning the Best Artist award at the Culinary Art 2011 held in Sri Lanka.