Celebrity Australian chef, restaurateur, author, and TV presenter Peter Kuruvita is promoting a range of eco friendly Sri Lankan cooking utensils made in the traditional manner at Mankada, the MJF Charitable Foundation Centre for Empowerment through Traditional Sri Lankan Arts and Crafts. Known the world over for My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita, his celebrity cookery programme featuring the country of his birth, Peter has been working closely with the MJF Charitable Foundation to empower a community of marginalised people living on the periphery of the Udawalawe National Park in south eastern Sri Lanka.
The utensils include several wooden spoons made using coconut shells and a range of clay pots, made by the women potters at Mankada.
Peter began his love affair with food and nurtured a passion for cooking in the traditional kitchen of his ancestral home under supervision from his grandmother. There he learnt the importance of traditional Sri Lankan cooking utensils and their flavour enhancing qualities. For centuries, clay pots and wooden spoons have been an inseparable combination in the making of delicious Sri Lankan curries. This influence and the love for his birthplace has made Peter a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka and he has been working with the Foundation to empower and support communities since the Asian Tsunami of 2004.
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