27 July 2008

Sri Lankan Junior Chefs Club Elects 2008-2009 Committee

The new committee of the SLJCC was elected this week by a large gathering of their fellow Junior Chef members at the Club Hotel Dolphin; and while many of Negombo's leading Executive, Pastry and Sous Chefs were on hand to encourage and congratulate the new appointees, the main drive and excitement came from the many ideas expressed by the new committee members.

The Club Hotel Dolphin generously hosted the 2nd AGM for the club and many thanks must go to Chef Trevor and his team.
In his opening remarks, the Founder and Chairman of the SLJCC, Chef Alan Orreal thanked the outgoing committee for their tireless effort in launching the club in Sri Lanka and went on to note many of the clubs recent successes.

He also explained the current goals and objectives of the SLJCC, set out a detailed action plan forthe committee and outlined the new structure, which includes a mentor chef for each of the Junior Chef committee positions.
An honest and frank newly elected President Uditha Ganewathiha from Club Hotel Dolphin had this to say, “We have a lot of work to continue with, as the first committee was very active, I personally feel that I will need to learn a lot in a short period in order to be an effective President for the members of the SLJCC. I look forward to all the challenges that this role will bring.” Uditha will have Executive Chef Trevor Fernando as his mentor.

Ishara Fernando (his mentor Sous Chef Dinesh Samarakkody) of Jetwing Beach retains his seat as the VP and he made this observation,” I had long discussions with the Chairman and we both agreed that remaining as the VP will provide greater stability for the new committee members and the continuation of current projects.”

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