The Work of the Foundation

October 6th, 2015

Chatham Street, Arcade Independence Square, Negombo Beach

Empowerment Through Culinary Education

The MJF Charitable Foundation (MJFCF) has commenced yet another initiative aimed at providing children from underprivileged and disadvantaged backgrounds with the possibility of empowerment through education. A new 20,000 sq.ft Vocational Training Centre, complete with a state of the art Culinary Training Unit, was declared open by Dilhan C. Fernando, the son of Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando, and the Managing Director of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), Chef Ragnar Fridriksson on 4 July 2015 at the MJF Centre for Dignified Empowerment in Moratuwa.

The eco-architectural structure will house a commercial kitchen cum bakery equipped with the latest technology and kitchenware to train 18 -20 students, at a time, including trainees with physical disabilities. It is expected that the trainees will mostly consist of students from the North and East who have been exposed to the prolonged conflict that prevailed and, youth from rural communities and the plantation sector in Sri Lanka.

Approximately 100 culinary students are expected to graduate from the facility each year with the allocation of 3 months per training course. Training lessons will be conducted by MJFCFs own Training Instructors/Chefs supported by culinary training professionals and WACS certified chefs from across the world. The objective of this new initiative is to provide opportunities for students from underprivileged and war-affected homes to gain employment opportunities as future chefs in the tourism and hospitality sector, in both local and international kitchens, bakeries and patisseries.

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