The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

Chef Buddhika marches to the Lyon finals


Sri Lankan Chef Buddhika and his apprentice Rashen John made to Bocus d’Or Global Contest in Lyon next year, after qualifying in the Asia Pacific region Contest held in Chaina recently.

‘This is the first time Sri Lanka participates in this global event and we as Sri Lankans are proud to represent ourselves in this event’ states Anura Dewapura, Promotions Manager, Bocus d’Or Sri Lanka.

Bocuse d’Or Asia, the Asian Final of the Bocuse d’Or global contest, was held in Shanghai from 12th to 14th June, with the intencion of selecting participants for the 15th Bocuse d’Or Global finals in Lyon, France on 29th and 30th January 2013. The Four finalists from Asia that will participate in the Worldwide Finals are Yew Eng Tong of Singapore, Noriyuki Hamada of Japan, Buddhika Samarasekera of Sri Lanka and Ralph Sun of China.

The Bocuse d’Or was founded by renowned French chef Paul Bocuse. The Bocuse d’Or (the Concours mondial de la cuisine, World Cooking Contest) is a biennial world chef championship. Named after the chef Paul Bocuse, the event takes place during two days near the end of January in Lyon, France at the SIRHA International Hotel, Catering and Food Trade Exhibition, and is one of the world’s most prestigious cooking competitions.

The event is frequently referred to as the culinary equivalent of the Oscars Academy Awards. The event in Lyon brings to surface the vibrance, excitement and the passion in culinary magic from across the globe. Paul Bocuse is a highly respected icon in the Culinary World and Bocuse d’Or competition provides young chefs the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, offering them a tremendous springboard for their careers.

Ever since the beginning of the contest in 1987 and its arrival to Asia in 1989, this is the first time that Sri Lanka has had the opportunity to showcase its culinary skills in the Asian Finals and excel to the Grand Finals in Lyon.
In preparation for the Asian Final, Sri Lanka invited Otto Weibel, the President of Bocuse d’Or Asia and Christophe Megel the President of Bocuse d’Or Singapore to select the best Sri Lankan contestant. With over 11 participants from the hotels across the island, with the support of Rohan Fernandopulle, President of Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka, Anura Dewapura Promotion Manager-Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka and Alan Palmer, the Official Coach-Bocuse d’Or Sri Lanka, finally won by Buddika Samarasekera, of Hilton Colombo winning the competition with his apprentice.

Anura Dewapura was the former Executive Chef at Alphonso XIII (Spain) was in charge of the first event held outside En Hommage aux Nouvelles Etoiles Michelin 1996 for 2 and 3 star Michelin chefs from Europe including Paul Bocuse. With an experience in over 13 countries he has been going from General Manager to Director of Operations to Executive Chef Role. Anura will be promoting all the event happenings leading to the Finals in Lyon.

“Alan Palmer is an international culinary judge. He will coordinate the selection process here in Sri Lanka and be there at the Asian finals. Alan has been to the Bocuse d’Or 2003 finale to be an observer on invitation the 2008 European Bocuse d’Or Finals in Stavenger Norway,” Rohan added.

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