On the 20th of November 2017 at SLIIT Malabe, proved an exception for training standards with the international cooking competition–the centerpiece event of: “So you think you can cook Italian”– laying out a bevy of delectable dishes.

The Italian Embassy of Sri Lanka sponsored this culinary competition in aid of Italian food week. “So you think you can cook Italian” was a way to bring out the uniqueness of Italian cuisine and also a good opportunity for culinary students of Sri Lankan hospitality schools to showcase their talents.


The Competition was hosted by the William Angliss Institute @ SLIIT training kitchen which is equipped with all the modern facilities and has ample space to host a large event such as this.

An invitation was sent out by the Embassy to all hospitality schools where the selection process was via an application. The application consisted of an Italian recipe, out of which the best applications were selected for the final round. The final round was a mystery box challenge. The mystery ingredient table was filled with ingredients from locally grown vegetables to imported high quality Italian products. Thirteen students from Mount Lavinia hotel school and William Angliss kick started the competition, giving it everything they could to prove themselves.

The inauguration of the competition at 9.30am was attended by Deputy Ambassodor of Italy….,CEO of William Angliss…..,Principle Of Mount Lavinia Hotel School  Mr.Ravi Mahagedara.


During the competition the competitors technicalities were judged by a very senior culinary specialist  Chef Wattawa who represented Mount Lavinia Hotel School and Chef Gayan from William Angliss Institute @ SLIIT.

After a very hectic 2 hours of the competition concluded, The Italian Ambassador and Chief Judge His Excellency H.E Paolo Andrea Bartorelli, celebrity Chef Koluu and Mr. Rocchi judged the plates presented and followed the criteria of scoring and  taste & plating and unique Italian cuisine fundamentals.

Winners of  “So you think you can cook Italian”

Winner – Johann Prins GOLD – William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka @ SLIIT

1st runner up – Thivara Fernando SILVER – William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka @ SLIIT

2nd runner up – Evin Perera. BRONZE – William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka @ SLIIT

All three medals were bagged by students from William Angliss Institute @ SLIIT. The culinary team of William Angliss is trained by culinary experts in the trade. This mission was headed by the TEAM of veteran culinary trainers, Senior Academic Head (Culinary) Chef Kapila Jayanetti who is the Sri Lankan Mentor and Coach for Young Chef Olympiad , mentor for the Young Chefs Club of Lanka the youth arm of the Chefs Guild Lanka, Lecturer /Chef Gayan De Silva, assist by Chef Samantha Surene and Chef Harsha Alhakoone (Sri Lankan representative for the Young Chef Olympiad 2015)

William Angliss Institute @ SLIIT,  yet again proved to be the best culinary specialists in the country.


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