Fujairah commi chef is Caterer's Kitchen Hero 2011
One of the most highly-anticipated awards of the entire night, Kitchen Hero of the Year, went to Chamara Segera, commi one, at the Butchery, Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort.
Chamara beat of extremely tough competition to the coveted award, which is designed to recognise the 'unsung hero' of the kitchen.
He shone out to the judging panel for the professionalism and innovation he has shown far beyond expectation. Against all the odds, Chamara has continually progressed, has stepped in to work countless hours of overtime; and learned as much as possible to support his seniors.
On receiving his trophy from award sponsor Gavin Dodd, managing director of A Ronai & Steelite; Chamera said he "didn't have the words" to describe how delighted he was.
"I cannot believe it," he said. "This is the best of the best."
Chamera thanked his team for their support and dedicated his award to his colleagues at the Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort which he said "was the best hotel kitchen and the best hotel in the UAE."
Nominees Babuji Panicker, chef de partie at the Wavebreaker, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, and Nalendra Anindita, junior chef at Cavalli Club, Restaurant and Lounge, were highly commended.