Gourmet Galle

Panchali Illankoon | FEB 29 2024

Hailing from Colombo, Rishi Naleendra is an internationally acclaimed chef who has three Michelin Stars to his name. Having honed his culinary skills in Australia, he worked in restaurants such as Taxi Dining Room and Tetsuya’s and moved to Singapore in 2014 to take on the role of chef at Macalister Mansion.  He opened his first restaurant Cheek by Jowl in 2016 which earned a Michelin Star in its first year. In 2019, he opened a second restaurant, ‘Cloudstreet’ which was awarded two Michelin Stars in 2021.  In 2020, Naleendra opened his third restaurant ‘Kotuwa’ paying homage to his heritage.

Last weekend, Rishi was the celebrity guest chef of Gourmet Galle (happening January 12 – March 31 in the South). He hosted a four-course dinner at Kurulu Bay and conducted a Masterclass at the Galle Fort Hotel. Ahead of his events, Rishi chats with us about his entry to the culinary world, his signature style and his best advice to home cooks.

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