Chef Chintaka Wekadapola started his career by successfully passing his studies in Switzerland and Germany, where he completed several specialization courses on Chocolate, Petit-Fours and sugar Artistics and artistic perfection courses, followed by a Traineeship in the pastry kitchen that took place in Galadari Meridien Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Prior to his appointment with Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Chef Chintaka decided to move from Sri Lanka to the UAE where he continued to develop his techniques as pastry Chef with the Hilton Abu Dhabi, successfully participating in many competitions. After eight very educational years with Hilton, he further enhanced his passion and skills for pastry at The Emirates Palace and Le Royal Meridien.
His motivation highly arrives from his need to make a small difference in people’s lives, “I think it's about giving that genuine sense of hospitality that has an earthiness to it. Satisfied guests and a smile on their faces is what keeps me going and what makes me want to excel in what I love to do most: extraordinary pastries”. Chef Chintaka has a true passion for pastries and desserts and has a continuous drive to continue to maintain and raise the standards of excellence of his team, creating a new benchmark in the culinary arena.