Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe was congratulated by the World Association of Chef Societies with the prestigious President’s Medal during the 39th Biennial Worldchefs Congress and Expo 2022. He was among the very few chefs to be awarded the President’s Medal for his outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry around the world.
Organized under the theme “Rise together”, the congress aimed to highlight the hospitality sector in 2022.
As part of the event, Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe – Chairman of the Sri Lankan Chefs Guild since 2012 and Assistant Vice President for Food and Beverage of Aitken Spence Hotels received the President’s Medal for his contribution to the tourism industry and his dedicated work to empower, inspire and uplift the tourism industry over the years.
Chef DK, as he is affectionately known in the culinary fraternity around the world, attended the event as a judge at ExpoCulinaire Salon Culinaire 2022, part of the Worldchefs Congress and Expo 2022 as well.
Held at ADNEC Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from May 30 to June 2, the event took place after four years and for the first time in the world hosted a trio of international competitions under one roof, with free certified training sessions, an exhibition and commercial and educational event dedicated to catering.
Chef DK is the world record holder at the Culinary World Olympic Championship (2004) and the Culinary World Cup (2006). Through his direct participation, he has honored Sri Lanka through international culinary competitions with over 29 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze medals. He has led more than 77 participants to win 68 gold medals as well as numerous silver and bronze medals at Culinary Olympics and World Cups.
Kumarasinghe is a Jury Member of Global Culinary Competitions and a recipient of Sri Lanka’s Presidential Award in 2007, 2017 and 2018 for Outstanding Culinary Contribution. He holds honorary distinctions, including Honorary Life Membership and Culinary Head Coach of Golden Horseshoe Canada, Vatel Club Luxembourg, South Indian Culinary Association, Saudi Arabian Chef Association, Turkey Chef Association, Emirates Culinary Guild and Ukraine Culinary Union.
Aitken Spence Hotels is part of the blue-chip Sri Lankan conglomerate Aitken Spence PLC. Aitken Spence Hotels owns and operates 20 hotels and resorts in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Oman and India. The company-owned hotels are represented under the Heritance, Adaaran and Turyaa brands, popular around the world for its exceptional service, undisputed products and curated lifestyle experiences. The company’s Sri Lankan portfolio comprises ten resorts spread across the island, five of which are Heritance properties, while resorts in the Maldives number five (including one Heritance resort), four in Oman and one in India. .
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Chef DK during the jury of the ExpoCulinaire Salon Culinaire 2022