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Burlington, March 5, 2019 – A team of pastry chefs are back in Canada with four Gold medals from the 4th Festival International du Pain 2019 in Tunisia February 17-23.

Team Canada dominated in four categories Plated, Black Box, Champion of Bread and overall Team Gold. The competition attracted 15 countries. In the final round, Team Canada beat out a talented crew from Croatia.

Team Canada was led by Lasantha Mendis, a pastry chef who plans, prepares and serves food at Mount Logan Lodge in Fort McMurray. Other team members include: Chef Sujeewa Thalagala, Team Baker (Fort McMurray) and Chef Ruwan Jayakody, Coach and International Judge and Chef Dilup Attygalla, Media and Communications (Toronto).

“The judges really enjoyed our Maple Cinnamon Bun with Lavender Frosting. Our creations were beautiful and delicious, but I think we won because of our great teamwork. We were very organized, stuck to our game plan and used uniquely Canadian ingredients like smoked maple turkey bacon and maple syrup,” says Chef Mendis.

Festival International du Pain 2019 is endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). The Canadian team was selected by the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) for their proven pastry and culinary skills. Mount Logan Lodge is operated by Birch River Site Services, a joint venture between Mikisew Group of Companies and Sodexo Canada who were sponsors of the Canadian team. 

“On behalf of Sodexo, we’re proud of Team Canada for bringing home an array of Gold medals. We’re fortunate to enjoy delicious pastry creations on a regular basis, and now we will savour them even more,” says Linsey Sirett, Sodexo District Manager.