Introducing Gourmet Galle: A 12 Week long Culinary Extravaganza on the South Coast of Sri Lanka presented by Nations Trust Bank American Express

Chefs: Imad Alarnab – Darina Allen – O Tama Carey – Karan Gokani – Mark Hix – Peter Kuruwita – Jeremy Lee – James Lowe – Hari Nayak – J Ryall – Cynthia Shanmugalingam – David Thompson – Mandy Yin 

Galle, Sri Lanka – Get ready for a tantalising journey of cuisine as Gourmet Galle takes centre stage every weekend from the 11th January until the 31st March across the South Coast of Sri Lanka. From the team that brings us Galle Literary Festival, this exceptional culinary celebration presented by Nations Trust Bank American Express, promises to be a gastronomic delight like no other, featuring 12 internationally renowned chefs who will host exclusive dinners and masterclasses every weekend from the latest boutique hotels, private villas and luxury spaces on Sri Lanka’s South Coast.

“Nations Trust Bank American Express is pleased to partner with Gourmet Galle as its title sponsor. This exciting initiative is well in line with the enticing lifestyle and travel experiences that we offer our American Express cardmembers, including ‘#AMEXFORFOODIES’, our dedicated dining and culinary experiences. Gourmet Galle not only promises the chance to savour a range of exquisite dining experiences, but it also offers adventure and an enjoyable opportunity to explore the beauty of Southern Sri Lanka. This event will also help promote the country as a preferred destination for foreign travelers and offer a boost to our economy”, Nations Trust Bank Head of Cards, Niluka Gunatilake said.

The line-up of chefs is astounding, featuring a variety of cuisines and home-grown talent that have reached monumental pinnacles overseas. Cynthia Shanmugalingam, O Tama Carey, Peter Kuruwita, Karan Gokani proudly fly the Sri Lankan Culinary flag. Indian restaurateur and global trotting chef Hari Nayak; chef Mark Hix with his expertise in seafood cooking and exceptional knowledge of all things culinary; David Thompson renowned for his knowledge of Thai cuisine and Michelin star chef James Lowe are a few of the talented names visiting southern shores to cook up a storm next year.

Felicia Sorenson our very own ‘Queen of Curries’ and Patron of Gourmet Galle 2024 says this:
“Having spent many years promoting Sri Lankan cuisine overseas, I am so excited that it is now hitting the headlines, with many of our chefs flying the flag overseas and opening incredible restaurants, writing down our recipes in sought after cookery books. And Gourmet Galle is such an exciting way to bring Sri Lanka and its’ food to the world, with all the amazing chefs coming to show case Sri Lanka and our cuisine. This 12 week-long food festival is a celebration and I am so proud to be a part of it”.


Please email us here if you’re interested in Gourmet Galle.