Canada PRIMA Bake Masters

Sri Lanka’s future chefs bake-off in baking competition highlighting quality Canadian products with mouth-watering results!

Colombo, August 10, 2016 – The High Commission of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service in partnership with Prima Ceylon’s Prima Baking Training Centre is delighted to organize the second consecutive year of ‘Canada Prima Bake Masters’. The baking competition with Sri Lanka’s future chefs is aimed at introducing and generating interest in the wonderful variety of high quality Canadian agri-food products. The occasion presents a great opportunity for Sri Lankan culinary experts as well as budding master-chefs to work with quality Canadian ingredients such as smoked salmon, cranberries, maple syrup, pulses and canola oil. The event will generate increased interest in the baking industry as well as raise awareness among the restaurateurs and cooking enthusiasts of the wide array of quality agri-food products from Canada.

The High Commissioner of Canada, Her Excellency Shelley Whiting, stated “I am excited to be back at the Canada Prima Bake Masters 2016, following the success and enjoyment at the 2015 event. I look forward to sampling the mouth-watering and beautiful creations put together by PRIMA’s talented students which fuse key Canadian flavours and products with Sri Lanka’s culinary style.” The High Commissioner further elaborated that “the year 2016 was recognized by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Pulses and Canada being a leading exporter of pulses to Sri Lanka, I am pleased to see the innovative use of pulses introduced to the recipes in the competition”. 

“As you know, this event follows closely on the heels of the Official Visit of Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion during which he commented on exciting opportunities for an expanded bilateral trade relationship between our two countries.  With strong partners such as PRIMA and Sri Lanka’s Chef Guild, new and emerging opportunities within Sri Lanka’s vibrant hospitality and tourism sectors, and quality products from Canada such as those showcased here today, I share the Minister’s confidence that Canada’s trade relationship, particularly in the agri-food sector will continue to grow in the coming months.”

‘Quality is in our nature’ is the branding slogan for Canada’s globally accepted best-quality food products and highlights the ability to meet the upwardly mobile lifestyles of the Sri Lankans who seek the best when it comes to traditional or fusion cuisine. The event follows Canada Food Day an annual celebration exploring the flavours of Canada and an event on sharing cultural diversity, food and fun.

In addition to the main event, the budding ‘chefs’ from ages 9 – 14, prepared some simple recipes under the guidance of Prima chefs and trainers. The fun and light spirited event was aimed at generating the interest of the next generation of baking enthusiasts, and their parents, while promoting high quality products from Canada.

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is the Canadian government’s network of Trade professionals. In Sri Lanka the TCS engages with the Sri Lankan government and the private sector to promote Canadian goods and services, facilitate innovation and R&D, as well as build networks between the two countries. Canada and the TCS have a long standing partnership with Prima in the agriculture sector, with the bulk of the wheat for flour being sourced from Canada.

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For Further information, media representatives may contact:

Indirani Jayawardena
Political Officer
High Commission of Canada33A, 5th Lane, Colombo 3
Tel: 522 6232  Ext: 3352,