Highlights of FHA Virtual Trade Fair 2021

PUBLISHED August 19, 2021 | updated August 19, 2021 03:36

FHA Virtual Trade Fair 2021 commenced on August 15, 2021. The 5-day event featured over 40 exhibitor companies from Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, UAE, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, and several other countries. Apart from that, 1000 buyers registered for this event mainly from Maldives, India, Sri Lanka and other countries. These buyers made appointments through Artificial Intelligence technology to attend the fair from August 15 – August 19.

The event kicked off with an inauguration ceremony held on August 15, hosted by CEO of CDC Events & Travels Pvt Ltd and the head of organizing committee, Mr. Imran Hassan. Guests included Senior Business Development Manager of the principal sponsor Nestlé, Mr. Dishan Wijayawardena, and President of the Chefs Guild of Maldives, Mrs. Mariyam Noordeen.

During the ceremony, Mr. Imran Hassan said Nestlé has been a big support in the previous years during the physical events up until now. He further thanked the President of the Chefs Guild of Maldives, Mrs. Mariyam Noordeen and the Chief Judge Mr. Abdulla Sobah and his team also from the Chefs Guild of Maldives for helping with the virtual culinary competition held during the fair. 50 participants took part in the culinary competition from over 10 resorts and 10 countries, said Imran.

The judging panel for the culinary competition consisted of Chief Judge Abdulla Sobah, Master Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe, Chef Ishaq Solih, Chef Aminath Shaanee and newcomer judges; Chef Maha Naseer, Chef Fathimath Umar, Chef Ismail Naseer, Chef Mariyam Shiuna and Chef Ibrahim Naeem. 

The competition challenged participating chefs to bring out their best culinary skills in 6 categories: Dress the cake, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Desserts, Hot Cooking – Seafood, Hot Cooking – Lamb/Beef/Poultry, Traditional and Modern Maldivian Meal.



Class 1 Dress the Cake

BRONZE MEDAL – Fathimath Dhiyana of Daya’s Cake


GOLD MEDAL – Fathimath Nihan of Cake a Wish by Aani

                              A.M.DE Silva of UAE Abu Dhabi

                              Tran Thi Van of LTI Maafushivaru Maldives (1st Place) 



Class 2 Fruit and Vegetable Carving 

SILVER MEDAL – A.M.DE Silva of UAE Abu Dhabi

                                R.G.K.M. Gunathilake of Paradise Island Resort Maldives 


Class 4 Dessert 

BRONZE MEDAL – Tran Thi Van of LTI Maafushivaru 

                                  Selvaraj Ayavu of Paradise Island Resort and Spa

                                  Abdulla Riza of Dreams Dinner                                


SILVER MEDAL – Karthik Nageswaran of UAE Abu Dhabi 

                                Robin Kunwan of Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa 


GOLD MEDAL – R.M.S.R Rathnayaka of Dhigali Maldives

                             A.D. Suresh Kumar of Dhigali Maldives 

                             Venkatesh Bura of Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa

                             Lavish Metha of Dhigali Maldives

                             R. Vimarshana Pinmal of Dhigali Maldives (1st Place) 


Class 5 Hot Cooking Seafood 

BRONZE MEDAL – Mohamed Nabeel of Kiwi Bakers 

                                  Harish Kumar of LTI Maafushivaru Maldives

                                  S.M.K.R Arachchige of Dreams Dinner 


SILVER MEDAL – Raghuveer Singh Rathure of Dhigali Maldives 

                                A.Gayathri of LTI Maafushivaru Maldives

                                S.W.I. U. Wickramarathna of Dhigali Maldives 

                                S.Suresh Raja of Four Seasons Kuda Huraa


GOLD MEDAL – Sanjay Pandey of Dhigali Maldives (1st Place) 


Class 6 Hot Cooking Lamb/Beef/Poultry 

BRONZE MEDAL – Mohamed Hanafiah of LTI Maafushivaru Maldives 

                                  Mohamed Nabeel of Kiwi Bakers

                                  Vaibhav Dua of LTI Maafushivaru Maldives

                                  Khajan Singh of LTI Maafushivaru Maldives  

                                  Truong Dinh Phu of Holiday Inn Kandooma

                                  A.Gayathri of LTI Maafushivaru 


SILVER MEDAL – Munal Sunar of Dhigali Maldives

                                Jimmy Sofyan of LTI Maafushivaru 

                                A.S.K. Dezoysa of Four Seasons Kuda Huraa 

                                S. Dimuthu Silva of Dhigali Maldives 


GOLD MEDAL – C.G.C. Manoj of Dhigali Maldives 

                              V.I. Abeysekara of LTI Maafushivaru 


Class 7 Maldivian Meal 

SILVER MEDAL – Raghuveer Singh Rathure of Dhigali Maldives 



According to the organizer team, the Virtual FHA Culinary Challenge 2021 is held this year to give an opportunity to all the chefs who are unable to compete in major live competitions such as the FHAM international culinary challenge and other global and local events. 

FHA Virtual Trade Fair offers an unrivaled opportunity for interested trade organizations of the Hospitality Industry to display their latest products, services, and innovations. An all-inclusive web platform for whose objectives is to create an interactive forum for exhibitors and clients. https://www.fhavirtual.com/












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