After spending time at the 2 Michelin starred Ryu Gin in Hong Kong and keen to introduce his experimental and modern cooking style to his heritage, Andrew Speldewinde set up Contemporary Ceylon in 2015. The concept involved guests booking an evening at Speldewinde's apartment where they'd experience a tasting menu featuring new interpretations of Sri Lankan food. Word soon spread and it wasn't long before diners needed to secure their place weeks in advance. From its humble beginnings as a home cook venture, Contemporary Ceylon went on to organise large scale pop up events at venues such as the Dutch Burgher Union in Colombo.
Eager to hone his craft, Speldewinde decided to journey to Australia and has since studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Melbourne and worked at Shannon Bennett's Vue De Monde. He has also managed to host several Contemporary Ceylon pop ups in Australia, using his new experiences to take the brand to new heights.
While his style and techniques may have evolved over time, the overall concept of Contemporary Ceylon has remained the same. All the tasting menus examined traditional Sri lankan dishes or ingredients and he elevated them with modern twists or cooking techniques. Speldewinde draws heavily from his roots, incorporating old family recipes into his menus.
Contemporary Ceylon is a hospitality company which aims to deliver a modern Sri Lankan food experience. The brand currently runs two ventures:
The Villa By CC
In early 2018 Contemporary Ceylon opened a seven bedroom boutique property by the beach in Wadduwa, Sri Lanka. The Villa is a mere hour south of Colombo by car and offers the perfect gourmet escape for those wanting to get away from the daily grind of city life. To enjoy fantastic food, palm strewn lawns, our natural stone pool and the ocean soundtrack visit our accommodation page today!
Events by CC
Today the events arm of the brand arranges pop up events in both Australia and Sri Lanka where Chef Andrew Speldewinde introduces his new culinary creations. It is always best to follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with the latest offerings in both countries.
We also arrange private functions at our Villa in Wadduwa. The property boasts a sprawling lawn which is perfect for larger weddings and functions. The Villa also has many intimate dining areas which offer opportunities for more bespoke cocktail events or dinner parties for smaller gatherings. Whether it is a celebration or company outing, the Villa is the perfect venue to host your event!
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