2012 plans are set for my trip to Sri Lanka. My desire was spurred by the Chef and the Teamaker event and following the Chef and the Teamaker Blog it was very inspiring and quite the teaser. Obvious my references and posts on this event seem very numerous but it can not be out dated. My heart was pulled in. I fell in love with all that Dilmah Tea represented; the Chefs, the Sri Lankans, MJF Charitable Foundation and the MJF Conservation, sustainability, Mr. Fernando and his sons Dilhan and Malik. The CTM blog was something I looked forward to reading and sitting at my spectator chair, actually being entertained and then of course my heart was wrenched here and there when the Chefs interacted with the locals and the children, my thoughts following this excursion "oh this must be shared and this Camellia Sinensis plant, it is true, it made the world go around at one time in history, well, I think it could happen again" This concept what Dilmah tea was all about, I felt, like I was sold on Amway. This is pure business but it involved masses of people and different levels at one time. Sri Lanka's history is so interesting when it concerns the Camellia Sinensis. A nation that had harvested coffee, before tea infiltrated the country, until a fungus had infected the plant and became an epidemic and ruined the crops thus had to find another crop that could replace it. The Camellia Sinensis plant worked out perfect, it would not succumb to the fungus from growing in the shade. Voilá. or Eureka a crop that would sustain herself in this climate and a great export product. A reversal that would benefit in the long run.
For more History of Ceylon Tea
Here are the Australian Chefs that represent the Recipe book in Sri Lanka. Enjoy!
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Thee sommelier 2011 from Food Inspiration on Vimeo.
A tea leaf, Camellia Sinensis - Could make the world go around, again.
Business is a matter of human service
Well, here is wonderful time to pick up my tea cuppe of pure Ceylon Dilmah Exceptional Peppermint and English Toffee tea and read
Chef and the TeaMaker 2008 Recipe Book