Meet our chefs
Meet the professional chefs who help make Unilever Food Solutions a source of inspiration for food businesses. Drawing from their extensive experience in professional food services, our award-winning team helps us create solutions for chefs that balance great taste, convenience and nutrition with a consistently high standard.
Apart from sharing creative ways to apply our products in a range of dish types, our chefs conduct in-kitchen skills, waste management, cost saving and storage trainings for our customers to ensure business efficiency.
Executive Chef – Sri Lanka & Maldives
Chef Saman has over 38 years of experience in hospitality industry with an unbeatable passion for food and a bigger passion for teaching the wonders of culinary industry.
He graduated from the Ceylon Hotel School & School of Tourism, Sri Lanka with flying colours and was the winner of the Best Cold Kitchen Award in Professional Cookery awarded by the institute.
Today, Chef Saman wears many hats: culinary advisor, food consultant, lecturer and most importantly executive chef. He counts many years of experience at some of the top hotels in Sri Lanka. His work has taken him to diverse destinations - Dubai, Qatar and Australia, fueling his passion for cooking through the years.
Chef Saman has specialized in cold kitchen and during his time in the industry, he has won many Gold medals in the cold category at local and international competitions.
As a chef with a passion for teaching he has always believed in the famous quote by Charlie Trotter;
Chef – Sri Lanka
Chef Nalina has over 20 years of experience in culinary field, currently a Chef in Unilever Food Solutions Sri Lanka.
He is another product of Ceylon Hotel School & School of Tourism.
He is specialized in Hot & Cold and experienced in star class hotels in Sri Lanka.
Chef Nalina has won many awards in culinary competitions held in Sri Lanka and a Silver medal in Culinary Olympics 2012 under Category B.
He is the Vice President of Chef Guild of Sri Lanka and actively participates in organizing all the events. He also was a judge in cooking competitions on “TV Derana”
Chef Nalina has a passion for exposure in different cuisine. He believes in training young generation on healthy meal.
Jean van der Westhuizen
Executive Chef - Middle East, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Chef Jean has over 19 years of experience in Culinary Arts, applying a goal-focused & strategic approach to his craft.
South African born, Jean completed his training in Cape Town where his passion for the Culinary Arts awarded him “Top Chef” at the Confrere De La Chaine Des Rotisseurs.
Chef Jean regularly appears on Arabian T.V. networks, expressing his love for a variety of cuisines ranging from Japanese, African & Arabian styles of cooking.
He believes his role as a chef is that of a mentor to others. “I firmly believe in sharing as much knowledge as possible to younger chefs in order to ensure they establish respect for ingredients early on.”