“Whipping up breakfast for a cause – learning about charity the Dilmah way”Anytime you take familiarity and place it in a foreign place there is always change. Listening and viewing the Chef and the Tea Maker you can hear the awe in the chefs testimonies what MJF Charitable Foundation can do for a people the Dilmah way. The Chef and the Tea maker set on the island of Sri Lanka away from
their comforts and working surroundings were dismantled of their controlled environment and then brought to a foreign land to develop a new sense of smell, palate and perception through ethnic cuisine, culture, sport and appreciation of a people.
Dilmah's success came from a combination of Ceylon's finest tea and the efforts of workers and the community. When founder Merrill J. Fernando in launching his brand of tea in 1988, made a pledge that Dilmah would be an ethical tea, the producer’s own brand of tea and the producer would benefit from it. Hence, rewards from Dilmah flow back to Ceylon’s tea industry, to its workers and to the wider community. Link to MJF Charitable News http://www.mjffoundation.org/news/
Out of this ethical tea principle MJF Charitable Foundation was born. MJF Charitable Foundation created several programs: Small Entrepreneur Program, MJF built 8 preschools, AIDEX program to help supply limbs for artificial limb users, MJF partnered with Columbo Hilton a program with making and displaying teapots for a fund to build a preschool in a rural village, Vesak Lantern Competition a program for underprivileged children without basic amenities, shelter, food, social environment, and schooling. They are given the opportunity to live a higher quality of life, MJF facilitated a program to reintegrate 113 reformed prisoners, and Sri Lanka's habitat, Dilmah Conservation. These are to name just few programs.
The Chef and the Tea Maker chefs made and served an English breakfast for the MJF sponsored school of the blind and the hearing impaired for children and followed by an extraordinary challenge....to a game of cricket. They so happened to be the Asian Cricket Champions.
The chefs just had to play with blindfolds.
The words I heard quite often was "humbled" and "emotional".
It was an exceptional event in a exceptional place with exceptional chefs that served exceptionally to a wonderful people.
Here are the chefs :
Peter Kuruvita(Australia)Flying Fish Mario Holtzem(Belgium)Hanger 58 Matias Palomo(Chile)Sukalde Gastronomical Centre
Robert Schinkel/Tea Sommelier Champion Shane Yardley(New Zealand)Bistro Lago Hilton Jarslow Uscinski (Poland)Moonsfera Restaurant Rohan Fernandopulle(Sri Lanka)Columbo Hilton Shahid Latif(Maldives)Four Seasons Resort Radim Gerlich(Czech Republic) Aromi Italian Restaurant Prague Makul Agarwal(India)Hilton New Delhi
Frank van der Zande(Netherlands)Umoja Food
Reference Chef Bernd Uber Now in Australia 50 years experience and involved in judging in competitions for 25 years.
Charity the Dilmah way.