Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hong Kong Cricket Club and Island Shangri-la win Dilmah's Real High Tea Challenge 2014

Dilmah, the third largest global tea brand in the world, recently held a high tea challenge in Hong Kong, which paired fine food and Dilmah tea.

The Hong Kong Cricket Club and the Island Shangri-La are the joint winners of Dilmah's prestigious ‘Real High Tea Challenge 2014,’ held for the first time in Hong Kong.

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The judges were Dilhan C Fernando, son of Dilmah founder Merril J Fernando, and celebrity chef and Dilmah Ambassador Peter Kuruvita.

They awarded marks from a points system based on the understanding of the Real High Tea tradition as well as a demonstration of different brewing techniques, creative use of tea as a focal ingredient and outstanding presentation and service.


Throughout the competition, both the Hong Kong Cricket Club and the Island Shangri-La demonstrated a real understanding of the Real High Tea concept.

Team Hong Kong Cricket Club

Their winning entry

They also both expressed a creative aspect to tea as a core ingredient while also showcasing the versatility of tea and positioning it at the forefront of modern high tea experiences.


The newly crowned winners will travel to Sri Lanka to learn all there is to know about tea at the Dilmah School of Tea.

Team Island Shangri-la
Their winning entry

They will also enjoy a spectacular seven-day VIP all expenses paid tour of Sri Lanka.

They will also qualify to travel back to Sri Lanka to compete in the Dilmah Real High Tea Global Challenge, due to take place in January 2015.


Meanwhile, the joint runners were Hollywood Hotel and the Kowloon Shangri-La, who also demonstrated a solid and creative approach to tea pairings throughout all stages of the competition. 

Judge Dilhan C Fernando said, “We were extremely impressed by the high standard demonstrated throughout the Hong Kong Real High Tea Challenge today. The Hong Kong Cricket Club and the Island Shangri-La both showcased an extraordinary and unique outlook to tea pairings whilst also crafting a beautifully presented culinary creation combined with excellent service and approach."


The other contestants this year in Hong Kong were:

Hong Kong Jockey Club
JW Marriott
Kowloon Shangri-la
The Langham
The Envoy
The Mira
The Island Shangri-la
The Meridien Cyberport
The Ritz Carlton
W Hotel


Dilmah is a family‐owned Sri Lankan tea company. It is now the third largest tea company in the world.

Founded by Merrill J. Fernando in 1988, Dilmah continues to make tea in a traditional way providing tea that is handpicked, withered, rolled, fermented and baked to ensure the highest quality single-origin products.


The Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge was inaugurated by the Fernando family in 2007.

The objective is to put the ‘tea’ back in high tea, giving it authenticity and enhancing the overall quality. The challenge has become one of the most recognized competitions amongst culinary and hospitality professionals worldwide.

Since its launch the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge has taken place in a number of locations around the world including in Australia, Dubai, Singapore and the Netherlands.

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