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Iron Chefs beginning with Justin Dingle to epitomize MLH

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Iron Chefs beginning with Justin Dingle to epitomize MLH

Half Irish, half Spanish and Australian personify his character hence a definite sizzling melting pot!  That’s Justin Dingle, the fiery new Director Culinary Operations of the MLH.  MLH’s goal to surface talent and skill with the ‘passionate side’ of an individual is at its peak this season. MLH has created waves in the hotel industry thus far with iconic and unique initiatives amalgamating innovative dining experiences and now entwines the charisma and style of the teams’ talent making them stand out of the rest. Sri Lanka is indeed in the spotlight oh yes it sure has got some tongues wagging!

Justin is no stranger to Sri Lanka, he worked for an year at the Cinnamon Grand as Director Food and Beverage yet his forte lay as he says was getting down to it and doing the job with the team however he felt his passion was not exalted hence he looked at greener pastures at a position that surfaced more on his passions. His stint in the culinary world in South Asia began as Executive Chef and Islander in charge of Cuisine at the Maldives Hilton, previous to that in The Grand Mirage Resort in Bali, Indonesia.  All his thoughts and passion on cuisine brewed in his native country: Australia, Justin has worked across Europe and Asia Pacific for famed establishments such as The Iguana Australia, The American Clubs in Hong Kong, Le Manoir Aux Quatres Saisons UK, Park 97 Shanghai, The Chedi Ubud and The Grand Mirage in Bali Indonesia, gaining himself vast experience and knowledge in culinary arts.  Justin is highly skilled in concepts and food presentations of Asian, Continental, modern French, Italian and New World cuisine with bold and innovative streaks to create new and exciting flavours for example the Med inspired delicacies such as: Tempura of Tofu with Green Tea Noodles and Bonito Broth, Pepper seared rare Tuna and Char Siu Oxtail, are a few to mention.

Justin says his success at MLH will lay in the loyalty, enthusiasm yes indeed the passion he inspires in his Kitchen team.  “I am a hands on Executive Chef and Mr Dewapura offering me Director Culinary Operations was a fabulous compliment. Since Mr Dewapura began his career as an Executive Chef he knows best where the talent pool lies.  Justine believes in getting down to it and doing the job with the team rather than ruling with tyranny”.  He is ready to use his natural ability and charm to inspire the MLH Kitchen brigade to reach that epitome which is indeed another step in MLH’s reach to being the iconic heritage hotel in Asia.

Yet to get down to it at MLH’s Kitchen Stadium this season will include a Jamaican Affair, a Puerto Rican influence, a Swiss Connection and the celebrated White House Chef. Await details of MLH’s passionate pool of culinary giants.

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A Jamaican Fiesta heats up the month of May at MLH

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

A Jamaican Fiesta heats up the month of May at MLH

There are so many yearly celebrations in Jamaica, Jazz, reggae, Calypso, arts but MLH is  proud to inform you that the hotel so celebrates its festival of food starting with a Beach BBQ with Calypso music on 8th May. Then Cinco de Mayo a festival of great celebration with Mexican food and not forgetting the Tequilas and Margaritas will dawn the month of May on 5th May.

The Caribbean cooking style by Chef Michael Wedderburn heats up MLH in from 24th to 29th May 2011 including a Slow Food Night on 28th May on the Paradise Beach. Chef Michael Wedderburn, Executive Chef at the Shakespeare & Company, in Lexington, Kentucky is the Chef under the spotlight. Born and raised in Jamaica, Michael Wedderburn worked as chef in Jamaica. His kitchen career after the cruise lines was Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Buckhead.  After two years he joined the Opening Team for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Sarasota, Florida as an Executive Sous chef.   Michael was promoted to Hotel Chef and then was repositioned at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in 2005 as the Café 4570 restaurant’s Executive Chef.  After seven years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotels.  In 2006 he joined the Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, a Loews Hotel, as the Executive Chef.  In 2007, he joined Hershey Resorts as the Lodge Executive Chef at the Hershey Lodge.  Chef Michael now oversees all banquet operations for the 665-room property with more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space and 10 outlets.   Shakespeare & Company insisted he joins them in 2010 to assist in opening up their first restaurant in the United States.  At present Michael is the Executive Chef for Shakespeare & Company Lexington, Kentucky. Chef Michael’s culinary specialties are French, Caribbean and Mediterranean including giant Chili Cook-off inspired food with indeed the Jamaican Jerk.

The real Jamaica jerk is seasoned with a lot of onion, garlic, thyme vinegar, soy sauce pimento, black pepper and lots and lots of scallion and scotch bonnet pepper. In olden days the meat was wrapped in pimento leaves and placed over live coals in the pit on a stick then covered until done. Yes that is exactly how it will be done at MLH, states Chef Wedderburn.

The Winemakers Night on 21st May will allow guests to get up close and personal with the makers of their favourite tipples. From chatting to multi-award-winning winemakers to taste a tailor-made menu to suit palates and moods of the guests at the night, all conjured up by the global chefs of MLH.

8th May 2011 also showcases the Mothers Day Sunday Jazz Brunch with all the trimmings Elegant. Classy. Affordable. Delicious. A Mother’s Day to Remember indeed. “You’ll dine on a sumptuous menu prepared by MLH’s award-winning culinary team,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager Mount Lavinia Hotel

A total mex-experience for kids on 22nd May at the Paradise Beach from 3.30pm onwards. Fiesta Mexicana is an evening dedicated to kids to learn about celebration: Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day, Hispanic Heritage Month are just a few occasions to celebrate with a fiesta. Celebration is the epitome of Mexican culture, and the games that will be played at the evening is passed down through generations. Both children and adults play these fiesta games, which are considered a family activity as well as educational. Hence come and enjoy this evening with the whole family: Mexican Hat Dance, crack the Pinata and let the real excitement begin, Native Mexican Kickball, Count the Chips, Spanish Words Game, are just a few of fun events that will take place. Call 2711 430 for further details.

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