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Summer! New face, new food!

Rather than wait for lockdown to ease, one chef stepped up to the plate

Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

Kushan prepares healthy meals such as curried salmon with confit banana flower 
Kushan prepares healthy meals such as curried salmon with confit banana flower 

Kushan Marthelis did not waste a moment during lockdown – and responded to the call for cuisine to spice up the misery. The Sri Lankan-born chef, who worked with Gordon Ramsay, has always catered for large gatherings, but delivering ready-prepared meals across London had not been in his remit until now, and boy did he rise to the challenge. 

Hundreds of BBQ packages comprised of a range of perfectly-seasoned meats, poultry and fish with zingy salad selections arrived on doorsteps on time and always tasty. Cooked or uncooked for those who like to light up the grill, Kushan could – and still can – do either option, but the demand for his catering skills for bigger groups, combined with his restaurant experience has encouraged him to now do functions on a full-time basis.  

The result is Cacao Catering & Events and, although government restrictions for parties, weddings and all other celebrations means a maximum of 30 guests, Kushan is still as inventive with his menu and can even provide a bespoke Sri Lankan banquet incorporating such dishes as cashew and baby pea curry with crispy fried onion; confit banana flower with curried salmon and coriander oil or potato tempered tuna fish cutlet. 

As Kushan is also a chocolatier and able to craft a pair of heels or a fruit-laden bar as part of the dessert selection, he appears to have all bases covered, be it for a dinner party or a garden brunch. The biggest plus is his customer service and he and his staff are all smiles –
as you will be when you taste the food. or call 07981 992717

Tuna fish cutlet with tempered potato is part of Kushan’s spectacular Sri Lankan banquet


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