Mount Lavinia Hotel recently held a felicitation ceremony to honour Dr. Chef Publis Silva, who was conferred with a Deshabandu Award for distinguished services to the nation. The awards were presented by President Maithripala Sirisena for outstanding achievements of Sri Lankans or others at the recently held National Honours 2017 ceremony, which was held after 12 years. Deshabandu Chef Publis, who joined Mount Lavinia Hotel in 1956, boasts humble beginnings. The Director – Culinary Affairs of Mount Lavinia Hotel, Deshabandu Chef Publis, has spearheaded numerous culinary projects, including the colossal task of popularising Sri Lankan cuisine around the world.