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Bocuse d’Or Silver Medallist Empowers Budding Chefs in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka, 07th June 2019

Paris, France · 7 June 2019: Bocuse d’Or Silver Medallist Empowers Budding Chefs in Sri Lanka 

1997 Bocuse d’Or Silver medallist – Chef Roland Debuyst visited Sri Lanka in the months of March and April 2019 to inspire budding chefs at the Empower Culinary and Hospitality School (ECHS). The school is one of the many initiatives undertaken by Founder of Dilmah Tea – Merrill J. Fernando to empower children from underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds.  Here, Chef Roland Debuyst conducted a live cookery demonstration using fresh ingredients, hand-picked from Dilmah’s organic garden. 

His visit and teachings were not limited to the school, in the days to follow, he also conducted a Masterclass for local chefs to hone their culinary skills in preparation for the upcoming Bocuse d’Or –Sri Lanka competition.

The Empower Culinary and Hospitality School 

The Empower Culinary & Hospitality School is a premier culinary and hospitality training facility, endorsed by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) as a centre of excellence for professional training, the school creates new avenues for marginalised youth with empowerment through education in the gastronomy and hospitality industry of Sri Lanka. The school uses an intensive training method with visiting international and local culinary professionals who provide students with a global perspective and comprehensive knowledge on cuisine and hospitality.

The Ethical Tea Society established in recognition of the importance of sharing the deep sense of fulfilment that is an indirect benefit of the process of changing lives gives professionals the opportunity to share their skills and empower others. 

Find out how your culinary skills and knowledge can empower the students at Dilmah’s Empower Culinary & Hospitality School through the Ethical Tea Society at

To read more about Worldchefs partnership with Dilmah, follow this link.

For more information on Dilmah and their products, visit

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The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in the hospitality industry, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier. Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through these core focus areas:

Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, our expansive network of Worldchefs Certified Schools and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs provides a platform for connection to chefs around the world, and a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events and the preeminent biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and runs the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarian & Sustainability – our Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

For more information about Worldchefs, visit us at


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