Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Mystery Box Challenge

The Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Mystery Box Challenge is the perfect opportunity for aspiring Sri Lankan home cooks to showcase their culinary skills to Nigella Lawson– internationally renowned TV cook and food writer.


1. How can you take part?

Video/Picture Submission

Choose a recipe from Nigella Lawson’s express recipes and recreate the dish with a unique twist.

Send us a video (maximum of 1 minute) or a series of pictures of the preparation on our Facebook event page.
Your submission should include:

  • Why the recipe was selected?
  • How did you make it your own?

Followed by the hashtags #NigellaLawsonSL #CinnamonHotels


Applications Open Till: 11th June 2018


Terms and Conditions:

  • The preparation should be done by the individual applying for the challenge.
  • Shortlisted candidates should be willing to take a day off to visit a Cinnamon property they are representing.


2. Selection of semi finalists

  • The shortlisted candidates will be selected by a panel of judges inclusive of executive chefs of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts.
  • The selected candidates will represent a Cinnamon hotel at the competition and will have a chance to be mentored by a professional chef.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be announced on the 15th of June 2018, and given the opportunity to participate in a one day workshop which will be conducted before the challenge at a Cinnamon hotel or resort between the 16th & 17th June 2018.


3. The Challenge

When: 23rd July 2018

Where: By the Lake, at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Competition:  The finalists will be presented with mystery ingredients, in a box, which will be revealed at the time of the competition. They must then create their own dish with the mystery ingredients on a live platform to impress Nigella Lawson and a panel of professional chefs to win the challenge.

The winners will be selected based on technique, flavour and presentation, the winners will thereafter be presented with gifts and signed copies of her latest book ‘At My Table’ with a photo opportunity.

Tickets to see the Sri Lankan contestants in action with Nigella at the ‘Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Mystery Box Challenge’ held at Cinnamon Lakeside will also be available for interested gourmands and avid food-lovers.