Cinnamon Life hosted Nigella Lawson, the world famous culinary celebrity of home cooking, concluding a series of events on 21 and 22 June. She made her way to Yala with some of her ardent Sri Lankan fans followed by a cocktail evening in Colombo the next day.
During her visit, Nigella toured the island and experienced Sri Lanka through the vibrantly inspired Cinnamon properties before she made her formal public appearances at a cocktail and an in-conversation brunch with Nigella, followed by a high tea and a book signing.
Nigella was the third celebrity chef to be hosted by Cinnamon. She has inspired and nurtured home cooks around the world, since the publication of her first book in 1998, with her relaxed and accessible cooking style and engaging personality.
She is an award-winning food writer, broadcaster, journalist and a well-loved television personality. In 1998 her first cookery book, ‘How to Eat’, was published and sold over 300,000 copies, becoming an instant best-seller. She published her second book in 2000, ‘How to Be a Domestic Goddess’, which won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year.
During her visit to Cinnamon Wild Yala on 21 June, Nigella took on a Yala safari trip accompanied by Chitral Jayatilake, Vice President, John Keells Group and Head of Nature Trails, who elaborated to Nigella on the wild life unique to Sri Lanka. She got an up close look at leopards who came right by her jeep, a mother bear and her two cubs and few buffaloes whom she claimed was adorable to see. She later experienced a beautiful sunset dinner at Cinnamon Wild Yala with a view of the wild life sanctuary ahead of her.
Of the local cuisine she had the opportunity to try during her visit, she was intrigued by the jack fruit, particularly the ‘mallum’ and even asked the chef to show her how both the ‘mallum’ and the curry is made. She enjoyed Pol Pani Pancakes and was surprised that a dessert can be made using coconut. She even asked for a hopper pan to make some when she goes back to the UK. Maybe we may see some of our authentic Sri Lankan hoppers featured on her show!
After a refreshing champagne breakfast at Cinnamon Wild Yala the next day, Nigella made her way back to Colombo where a much awaited evening of cocktails was taking place the Atrium, Cinnamon Grand. The epic night gave enthusiastic attendees of the event, an exclusive opportunity to meet Nigella in an intimate setting. Stayed tuned for further updates on Nigella’s iconic trip to Sri Lanka, which included a brunch at King’s Court, Cinnamon Lakeside on Saturday 23 June, followed by High Tea the same evening at 4 p.m.
Cinnamon Life presents Nigella Lawson in Colombo – In Association with HSBC Premier, Transport Provider Jaguar Land Rover, Airline Partner Sri Lankan Airlines, High Tea Partner Spa Ceylon gourmet tea, Indulgence Partner Imorich Ice cream, Inbound Travel Partner Walkers Tours, Outdoor media partner Emerging Media, Print Media and Web partners Sunday Times, Daily Mirror, Daily FT, Life online, Daily Mirror.lk, Hi Magazine and HI TV, Radio Partner Lite FM, Cinema Partner Scope Cinema and Domestic Airline Partner Cinnamon Air.
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This article originally appears on DailyFT.