New RM at Galadari
The doors of the Galadari Hotel have been opened wide to welcome
the arrival of the affable and widely experienced Hotelier, Sampath
Siriwardena as the new Resident Manager of the well established
Colombo five star property.
at the Galadari at a time when the challenges to a hotelier are
evolving constantly and business in Colombo is increasing rapidly.
Having completed 16 years of service at The Hilton Colombo, and
having last held the position of Director Rooms Division, Sampath
brings with him 28 years of hotel experience almost exclusively
in the Front Office and Rooms Division departments.
his studies at S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia, Sampath commenced
his career at the then newly opened Lanka Oberoi in 1975 as a Receptionist.
He held the position of Front Office Manager before he left Lanka
Oberoi in 1987, to join Hilton at its inception also as Front Office
Manager. He was promoted as Director Front Office in 1995 before
finally taking on the responsibility of Director Rooms Division
gentleman is a graduate of The Oberoi School of Hotel Management
and completed the summer programme on hotel management. He also
had the opportunity to follow academic programmes at The Hilton
Career Development Institute of Hospitality Management in the U.K.
and completed the Cornel University Hospitality Management Programme
experience in working at Hotel Yokohama in Japan in the late 80’s,
the international exposure, contributed to Sampath being entrusted
greater responsibilities on his return to Colombo.
innovative and forward thinking personality resulted in several
new product initiatives particularly during his tenure at the Hilton.
Responsible for introducing the special executive floors at the
Hilton Colombo, Sampath is known for his articulate communication
skills; be it with guest or staff of the hotel. His drive does not
stop purely with the product and services; he contributed significantly
towards the enrichment of the organization, and is renowned for
having introduced up-selling amongst the front line staff.
Having an appetite
for hard work, Sampath manages to combine this with an ever pleasant
charming smile and believes in inculcating teamwork at every level.
Brimming with new ideas and concepts and willing to share his wealth
of experience, the Galadari Hotel will no doubt benefit immensely
from this colossus of the hospitality industry.
Sampath is married
with one child and is not forgiven by fellow Thomians as his son
is not only schooling at Royal, but also representing the First
Eleven at cricket.
medals for Colombo Plaza
The Colombo Plaza hit the top again bagging 16 medals at the recently
concluded Culinary Art Competition. The hotels impressive collection
of awards comprised 3 Gold medals, 4 Silver and 9 Bronze.
Plaza’s Executive Chef Ranjith Morugama was delighted with
his team’s success, saying this was a well-deserved victory.
“They worked hard and achieved this purely on commitment and
their own creativity which we at the hotel develop.”
Two of the brightest
stars among the Colombo Plaza’s talented winners were Mr.
N. Weeraman and Mr. Namal Wijeratne who won a Gold medal each.
Mr. Weeraman won the Ice Carving competition for his creation of
an angelfish beside a marine plant. He also won a Bronze medal for
butter carving at Culinary Art 2003 and holds a Silver medal in
ice sculpture from a previous competition. Mr. Weeraman who studied
at the Dharmalokaya College, Kelaniya has been gifted in drawing
and sculpture since childhood.
He worked as
an illustrator in the advertising industry before moving into the
field of cookery. In his spare time Mr. Weeraman is a dedicated
wildlife painter who aspires to achieving great things in the field
of painting someday. Namal Wijeratne received the Gold Medal for
Apprentice Chefs. A newcomer to the field, with only a year’s
experience, Wijeratne has high hopes of excelling in his chosen
at the D.S. Senanayake College and a graduate of the Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, he was encouraged to
enter the field by his elder brother who is also a graduate of the
He enjoys the opportunities for creativity his job affords, as well
as the ever-changing nature of his work. Truly dedicated to his
art, he likes to experiment with new recipes when cooking for his
Art Competition is held every two years to recognize and celebrate
the most talented chefs in Sri Lanka’s leading hotels. It
is organised by the Chef’s Guild of Lanka who work tirelessly
to promote culinary standards in Sri Lanka.
The two winners
began preparing for the competition a month ahead. “The competition
requires a lot of preparation. You need to think about what will
be required of you, the time constraints etc.”, said Mr. Weeraman.
“It’s very advanced. Winning a Gold medal is a tremendous
for our careers”, said Mr. Wijeratne.
expressed their gratitude for the immense encouragement they had
received from the Colombo Plaza in participating in the competition.
“The hotel gave us the maximum support. Chef Chaminda Liyanage
and Chef Ranjith Morugama were especially supportive,” said
gave us lots of guidance and helped us in preparing for the competition.
Chef Chaminda was right with us when we were participating in the
competition, which was important for our morale,” said Mr.
Wijeratne. “Wasantha Perera, a wildlife artist was very supportive
in my butter carving,” Mr. Weeraman said.
For both our young chefs, their recent victory is certain to be
just the beginning of a sparkling career that lies ahead.
Niwahana’: Safe hideout
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Habarana being a centre spot for travellers visiting Trinco, Polonnaruwa,
Batticaloa, Ritigala, Kekirawaa or surrounding jungles, it has become
the first stop before th e destination for many . ‘Wana Nivahana’,
one of the popular Eco Friendly places in Habarana, is located along
the trunk route from Colombo to Trinco, just before the Habarana
Nivahana’ is the first of its kind hotel in the area. Set
against the tranquil environs of an exclusive 14 acre mini-forest,
‘Wana Nivahana’ has just five large rooms in three chalets.
It is indeed a safe hideout in the jungle very close to the main
The hotel is
also a popular stopover for breakfast and lunch travellers, apart
from the high demand for over night stay. The place is managed by
the veteran hotelier Renuka Jayamanne of ‘Hospitality Managemnet
& Consultancy Associates’. Renuka, is a well-known personnel
in the hospitality business and is an active member of HCIMA.
have only five rooms and it is full during the weekends. Some people
book this place few weeks ahead” Renuka said. In its large
garden, ‘Wana Nivahana’ has organically grown fresh
fruits and vegetables, which are served in the restaurant, which
is open to both residents and non-residents.
try to serve traditional Sri Lankan food and I am keen on the frruits
and vegetable grown in the area.” she said. The most attractive
thing about the place is, the ‘Hiri Wetena Weva’ few
kilometers away from the hotel.
too has a big demand. Sri Lankans visiting here always like to have
a bath in this type of weva.” Renuka added. Sumudu and Krishna
are the two main wires in the place and Krishna is the man in the
not have star class facilities but guests always make sure to return.
Personalized service , village touch, healthy food and environment
always make sure the visitor to come back for more” Renuka
for ‘Wana Nivahana’ can be made through the Hospitality
Management & Consultancy Associates at 251 Havelock Road, Colombo
6 or on hotline 0777584542 .