Welcome to Skills for Inclusive Growth
Skills for Inclusive Growth is an initiative of the Australian Government in partnership with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage.
The program supports skills training, job creation and business growth across the tourism sector in Eastern and North Central Provinces in Sri Lanka.
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A TASTE of Sri Lanka will return to Noosa Beach House this Sunday, and it’s back by popular demand. Just in time for those cooler months, Peter Kuruvita’s five-pot curry lunch will feature an abundant range of spices, flavours and ingredients for this family-style feast. “Come hungry, we have plenty of food,” Kuruvita said. “People continually say ‘When’s the curry lunch back?’, and it’s back!” Happening on the first Sunday of every month, the first lunch will be this Sunday, June 2. “The menu will change every month,” Kuruvita said. “Noosa’s favourite curry is the goat curry, and that is 100 per cent on.” “Sri Lankan food is so varied and we try to introduce lots of different things to people.” This month the curries will have a special twist thanks to Diana Melonika, who won Supreme Chef, a Sri Lankan MasterChef-style competition. The passionate homecook has since trained with Kurivita. “She been with us for the last month and she has had the most amazing time,” Kuruvita said. “This month, because we have Melonika, (the curries) are going to have a little bit more of the flavour from where she is from.” “On Saturday morning her and I will come in and make the curries, because curries are always better the next day.” This month’s menu will include Melonika’s chicken curry as well as a cashew curry and a roasted coconut cucumber curry. “We don’t dumb down the flavours, the dishes that should be spicy are spicy.” “It’s great for everyone, families included.” For bookings call 54494754.Read more
NOOSA Beach House recently hosted a special guest with a passion for cooking. Diana Melonika hails from a town called Ponnanaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka and recently won Supreme Chef, a MasterChef-style competition. An Australian Government initiative, Supreme Chef gave 500 home cooks from disadvantaged areas of Sri Lanka the chance to follow their food dream. Noosa chef Peter Kuruvita was instrumental in the television series which granted the winner a residential training package at Noosa Beach House during May. “Melonika had the most amazing time,” Kuruvita said. “We have been teaching her how to be a chef in a modern environment but she has been teaching the chefs how to make a better curry.” A mother of two young children, Melonika sacrificed being at home a lot to come on this journey which will change her life. “I am very excited. I love to cook,” she said. A bubbly and happy woman, Melonika said she loves cooking with fish and making cashew curry and she was grateful this learning experience. “My dream is to open a restaurant.” During her time in Noosa Melonika met celebrity chef Matt Preston during Noosa Food and Wine Festival. She also inspired a curry for Noosa Beach House’s curry lunches which began again last month. “Her special was the chicken,” Kurivita said. “It’s a beautiful dark and spicy curry.” Melonika loved Noosa’s climate and of course the beach. “I love the sea and there are good people,” she said. Kurivita said the Supreme Chef experience was heart-warming. “This will make a huge difference to her life,” he said. “Back home she was earning equivalent to $340 Australian a month.” “When she goes back to Sri Lanka we have found a job for her in a restaurant. It will make such a difference to her.”Read more