March 12, 2018

Dilmah's MJF Centre's Empower Culinary Hospitality & Inspirational School Attains Worldchefs Certification

Dilmah’s Empower Culinary Hospitality and Inspirational School’s culinary course was recognized and certified by Worldchefs in January 2017. An initiative by Dilmah’s Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJFCF), its mission was born from its founder’s belief that the organization has a part to play in giving back to the underprivileged and less fortunate in the community. 


The school aims to empower disadvantaged youths with valuable, lifelong skills in hospitality and the culinary arts, and provide them with the opportunity to seek employment in the related industry on a local and international level. The school features a state of the art Culinary Training Unit that contains the latest cooking technology and culinary equipment, designed to give its students a holistic training course. The school’s curriculum spans a period of three and a half months and involves giving students basic and advanced kitchen courses that cover a range of topics, from culinary theory, knife skills, health and nutrition to the business aspects of running a restaurant.


The lessons are facilitated by MJFCF’s own training instructions and WACS certified chefs from around the world, and the school frequently plays host to global culinary experts and celebrity chefs.


Being the only culinary institution in Sri Lanka to receive the Worldchefs certification, Dilmah’s Empower Culinary Hospitality and Inspirational School is now a globally recognised culinary institute that provides excellence in education.




About Dilmah

Merrill J. Fernando dedicated his life to tea when in the 1950s, he saw the concentration of ownership in the tea industry in the hands of a few large corporations. This was leading to the commoditisation of tea. He decided that in the interest of tea drinkers around the world, and the crop that his country produced with so much care and artistry, he would fight this process of commoditisation.

It took him nearly four decades and in 1988 he launched his own brand – Dilmah. Dilmah was the first producer owned tea brand, and offered tea ‘picked, perfected and packed’ at origin. Unlike the multi-origin blends that monopolised supermarket shelves, Dilmah brought tea that is freshly packed at source and therefore rich in flavour and natural goodness.

Dilmah is unique; a brand that is founded on a passionate commitment to quality and authenticity in tea, it is also a part of a philosophy that goes beyond commerce in seeing business as a matter of human service. This is what makes Dilmah the first ethically produced tea. In 2005, Merrill and his sons Dilhan and Malik, pledged to follow the principles dictated by the 12 Principles of Dilmah in every aspect of their business and in the conduct of their workers, staff and management.

About Worldchefs

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, or Worldchefs in short, is a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs associations representing chefs at all levels and across all specialties worldwide. It was founded in1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris with the venerable August Escoffier as first Honorary President.

Worldchefs is a global authority on food, creating impact through these core focus areas:

Education – includes our landmark Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program and the world’s first global culinary certification;

Networking – Worldchefs provides a gateway to global culinary networking opportunities and hosts the landmark biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs upholds a list of certified judges, sets global standards for competition rules, and runs the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarian & sustainability – our Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.


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