We are delighted to welcome back Chef Charles Disa to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
Multi Award Winning Chef Charles Disa is the Owner/Chef of Boutique Catering Company One World One Kitchen and culinary consultant for Singapore based Lantern Hotel Group.
His high-profile clients include celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris, Debra Messing, Kelly Ripa, Designer Naeem Khan, singer Black Thought from The Roots and VIP clients like Wall Street Billionaire Larry Robbins.
Chef Charles Disa worked as the executive chef two fine-dining restaurants in New York City: French Restaurant Vis-à-Vis in Brooklyn and contemporary fine dining Village Prime in the West Village in Manhattan.
Originally hailing from the beautiful Island of Sri Lanka, Charles has grown up and lived in many cultures and traditions from across the world including Ethiopia, Nigeria, England, Mexico and the United States and these global influences continue to inspire him in molding his culinary fingerprint.
Charles loves to merge cooking techniques and elements from all over the world to create unique and delicious foods that have grabbed the attention of many high-profile New Yorkers.
Charles is known for creating his own unique brand of cuisine with an emphasis on innovation while incorporating complex layers of flavors and textures to each dish. Chef Charles cooking style is New American and attributes his secret to success by starting with high quality ingredients, Cooking with a healthy mindset and leveraging his natural ability to optimize flavors focusing more on using herbs and spices than fats and sugars when cooking.
Charles has an MBA in Marketing and over 12 years of experience working for top Global Management Consulting firms and Advertising Agencies. This gives him the unique advantage of having a combination of Marketing and Business acumen with a strong Culinary and Hospitality background. Charles current main focus is catering to his NYC clients and spends his free time consulting for restaurants in the U.S and overseas.
Charles is a completely self-taught Chef with just a 3 month intense internship, under the famed Chef Anita Lo, who was named one of Americas’ best chefs and owns a Michelin star restaurant Annisa in New York City.
Charles has won several regional cooking competitions as part of the National Food Experiment Tour.
He won first place in the Brooklyn Curry Experiment, and first place in the New Jersey Boozy Experiment and represented Brooklyn at the 2012 National Finals winning the Grand Title of the National Food Experiments Tour beating finalists from all over the country. This competition was organized and sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery.
Chef Charles Disa, was recently invited to compete on the popular TV show “Chopped” on the Food Network (Season 35, Episode 12), where four chefs compete in a three-round contest, where they attempt to incorporate unusual combinations of ingredients into dishes that are later evaluated by a panel of three judges.