• When: 30 Mar 2016
  • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Location: ChefZone: 2888 Ualena St. Honolulu, HI 96819


  • LDEI Members Sri Lankan Cooking Demo – $25.00
  • Non-LDEI Member Event Registration – $35.00

Cooking Demo with Acclaimed Chef Kusuma Cooray

Part of our 2016 Global Culinary Initiative Series: “Cuisines of the World”

Come travel with us thru Sri Lanka

  • Vegetable Samosa with Tamarind Dip
  • Sweet, Sour, Spicy & Hot “Taste of Spring” Salad
  • Deviled Shrimp, Fiery Hot and Sweet
  • “Lassi” Spiced Yogurt Drink
  • Lamb Biryani
  • Zucchini “Malun”
  • Condiments: Plum Chutney, Eggplant and Cashew Sambal, Cucumber Raita
  • Poppadom
  • Cardamom Ice Cream

This will be a light dinner buffet served at the end of the Demo. Drinks will be served before and during the Demo and recipes will be available.


Chef Cooray’s books will be for sale at the event.

About Chef Kusuma Cooray

A trailblazing food maven, Cooray was among America’s first handful of female executive chefs certified by American Culinary Federation, and Hawaii’s very first. Cooray would be chosen as tobacco heiress Doris Duke’s personal chef, before becoming a professor with Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts Program. There, she trained myriad of Hawaii’s current food and beverage industry experts for nearly 30 years. Cooray also has cooked for the likes of Prince Charles and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and was Julia Child’s personal friend and dinner guest — indeed, Child once prepared a private dinner just for Cooray.

Among her many accomplishments are phenomenal honors, including winning the Burton trophy of excellence from London’s National Bakery School and the coveted Brillat Savarin medal awarded by Chaine des Rotisseurs (the standard of merit for fine cuisine), and most recently, the Chaine des Rotisseurs’ Gold Star for her work in mentoring Hawaii’s young chefs.

Chef Kusuma Cooray is a proud member of Les Dames d’ Escoffier Hawaii for many years and is sharing her immense talent with us for this amazing demo and tasting of Sri Lankan dishes.