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Empowerment through culinary education
The Training Centre, which will primarily focus on training youth in the field of commercial cuisine and hospitality, commenced operations with the triggering of the first flame in the Culinary Unit's kitchen and the boiling of milk in a clay pot over a firewood flame, true to Sri Lankan tradition. The occasion was also marked by the attendance of a team of world renowned chefs and internationally recognized culinary professionals including the global finalists of the prestigious Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge 2015.
The eco-architectural structure will house a commercial kitchen cum bakery equipped with the latest technology and kitchenware to train 18 -20 students at a time including trainees with physical disabilities. It is expected that the trainees will mostly consist of students from the North and East who have been exposed to the prolonged conflict that prevailed and, youth from rural communities and the plantation sector in Sri Lanka.
Approximately 100 culinary students are expected to graduate from the facility each year with the allocation of 3 months per training course. Training lessons will be conducted by MJFCFs own Training Instructors/Chefs supported by culinary training professionals and WACS certified chefs from across the world.
The addition of a well-equipped vocational centre to the existing facilities at the MJF Centre Moratuwa offers disadvantaged youth the opportunity to harness, train and utilize their skills, primarily in the field of gastronomy and hospitality. It will also include educational and interactive classes for the MJF kids, a library, creativity room and the Curtiss Graphics Institute and computer training centre. A multipurpose auditorium for group activities and events, and an open-meeting and fellowship area with ventilated roofing will also make up its interior space.
Speaking at the occasion Chef Ragnar said, 'I thank the Fernando family -Mr. Merrill J. Fernando and his two sons, Dilhan and Malik- for the amazing things that you are doing in the industry of gastronomy and hospitality. We are very proud to be in partnership with you, not only for the quality of your product and the leadership you show in pushing that product, but for your efforts in giving back to the community, sharing your profits and giving back in business. So, thank you very, very much for what you do. Thank you.'
The objective of this new initiative is to provide opportunities for students from underprivileged and war-affected homes to gain employment opportunities as future chefs in the tourism and hospitality sector, in both local and international kitchens, bakeries and patisseries.
Dilmah launches The Genesis Project
Dilmah’s ‘The Genesis Project’ recently launched at the birthplace of Dilmah Tea in Maligawatte – will be an innovation hub and centre of excellence for Nature-based solutions. It will be an incubator that births and nurtures agripreneurs to reach their fullest potential and conquer international markets. And a home for industry experts and food and agri entrepreneurs to gather, share knowledge and inspire each other.
A Cup Of Kindness Goes A Long Way
With the help of your cuppa the Dilmah MJF Charitable Foundation and Kahawatte Plantations have joined hands to support the Suwa Seriya Ambulance Service. We have pledged our commitment to allocating 7 ambulances to 7 District Hospitals across the country, including DGH Nawalapitiya, Base Hospital Kahawatte, Glencairn District Hospital Dickoya, Teaching Hospital Nuwara Eliya, Kiribathgoda, Point Pedro and Teaching Hospital Batticaloa. Staying true to our Founder Merrill J. Fernando's purpose, with every cup of Dilmah you sip, 15% of the profits go towards serving humanity with kindness to people & nature!