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Indian chefs 'hot favourite' in S Lanka

india Updated: Jan 22, 2009 11:44 IST
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Chefs specialising in South Indian, Jain and Punjabi cuisines have become a hot favourite in Sri Lanka with the Indian tourists flocking the island nation wanting local cuisine besides islanders who have taken a fancy for the food.

From classy restaurants to large hotel chains and product development kitchens, those trained in Indian cuisine have a great career waiting for them.

"The reputation of a restaurant mainly depends on the quality of food and it is the chef who determines it to a large extent. Now that Indian cuisine has emerged a hot favourite in Sri Lanka, Indian chefs are also in demand", Harinda Weerasinghe, Director (sales and marketing), Mount Lavina Hotel, one of the oldest heritage hotels in Sri lanka, told PTI during a visit here.

"We require more Indian chefs to cater to the needs of only tourists, but also the local people", he added.

Harinda said cooking is nowadays considered an art, a craft that has given good chefs celebrity status. "Cooking these days has stepped out of the traditional kitchen and becoming a high-flying career", he added.