(NATADOLA, FIJI) Monday 27th November 2017 –InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is proud to announce that their resident coffee expert, Ms Hansini Gounder, won the title of “2017 Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year” at the annual Moffat National Salon Culinaire Competition on 16th November 2017.
Hansini is a friendly face at Sanasana Restaurant and is well known for her high level of skill when brewing amazing gourmet coffee. Hansini has been satisfying our resort guests with her delicious coffee since 2012 and this award is testimony to her passion and dedication to the art of coffee-making.
Qualifying rounds for the 2017 Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year began in early August with participants from the Coral Coast region competing in various challenges. Finalists were then invited to showcase their barista skills at the finals held at the Warwick Fiji Resort.
To win, Hansini had to demonstrate her skillset by preparing two flat whites, two espressos’ and two lattes of exceptional taste; and then clean her work station within a 20 minute timeframe.
“I’m still so surprised that I have won Barista of the Year! The whole journey for me during this time has been nothing short of amazing; from competing with other established baristas from all over Fiji to the amount of personal training I had to get ready,” says Hansini. “I’m truly grateful to my family, friends and to my fellow colleagues at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa who have given me so much support along the way.”
“We have a lot of coffee enthusiasts who need caffeine throughout the day, and it is my pleasure to provide that energy boost to soothe any coffee connoisseur. Together with the perfect cup of coffee, I believe that a smile and personality go a long way in determining true hospitality offered here on Natadola Bay,” adds Hansini.
Craig Wood, Director of Dining & Entertainment at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa says, “I am continually amazed by the outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication displayed by Hansini and our entire dining experience service team at the resort. We endeavour daily to deliver exceptional experiences to our guests and credit our achievements to the tireless hard work of our colleagues, whose renowned Fijian hospitality continues to mark and showcase InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa as a premium luxury destination in Fiji to the rest of the world.”
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) with over 5,000 and 744,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries. Overlooking the azure waters of Natadola Beach – voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world, and Fiji’s finest beach, the resort is spread across 35 acres of tropical manicured gardens and offers all of the facilities and services expected of luxury international resort.