Ro­han Fernandopu­lle

New Gen­eral Man­ager at Cin­na­mon Lakeside

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - THIS & THAT -

Ro­han be­lieves Cin­na­mon Lakeside’s scenic lo­ca­tion and skilled staff are the per­fect in­gre­di­ents to creating novel din­ing concepts, which he is keen to pur­sue within the com­ing months.

A well-known personalit­y in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, Ro­han Fernandopu­lle is a cel­e­brated chef with nearly four decades of ex­pe­ri­ence, both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. He has won sev­eral pres­ti­gious awards for his culi­nary ex­per­tise, as well as F&B ini­tia­tives that have helped to show­case con­tem­po­rary Sri Lanka with a mod­ern twist.

Fernandopu­lle, in his new role, takes the helm of Cin­na­mon Lakeside Colombo, the pre­mier five-star ur­ban re­sort. He is also Vice Pres­i­dent, John Keells Hold­ings, and over­looks F&B ini­tia­tives for Cin­na­mon Ho­tels & Re­sorts.

Upon com­ple­tionof his pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, Fernandopu­lle opted to spe­cialise in the culi­nary arts, given his pas­sion for cook­ery. Hav­ing won a schol­ar­ship from the Hil­ton chain to study in Aus­tria, Fernandopu­lle’s love for cook­ing gave him the opportunit­y to travel the world, in­clud­ing to Europe, the Mid­dle East, Asia, and ul­ti­mately back home, where he held the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing ap­pointed the first Asian Ex­ec­u­tive Chef at Hil­ton Colombo - a role he played for a decade and a record he says he still holds as the only Sri Lankan.

Af­ter nearly three decades serv­ing the Hil­ton chain, he took up the po­si­tion of Gen­eral Man­ager at Wa­ter’s Edge, where his key achieve­ments in­cluded tripling rev­enue within a span of four years, and in­tro­duc­ing unique F&B concepts such as the pop­u­lar ‘Thuna Paha’ restau­rant.

He also con­cep­tu­alised a restau­rant to bring in the ru­ral face of Sri Lanka in a very con­tem­po­rary set­ting, serv­ing food with flair, with a story un­fold­ing on each plate served. Sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity are sub­jects close to his heart and he in­cor­po­rated knowl­edge en­hance­ment and life skill devel­op­ment among the com­mu­nity youth. He in­cor­po­rated th­ese concepts into the new restau­rants with or­ganic in­gre­di­ents, service staff sourced from the com­mu­nity and in­ten­sive hos­pi­tal­ity training to en­hance their knowl­edge and liveli­hoods.

His ac­co­lades in­clude gold and sil­ver medals at the Culi­nary Olympics, Bo­cuse d’or, and the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing placed sec­ond in the world at the ‘Black Box’ com­pe­ti­tion in Japan.

Cin­na­mon Lakeside’s new Gen­eral Man­ager, Ro­han Fernandopu­lle

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