Gourmet Galle



Rishi Naleendra hailing from Colombo, Sri Lanka, emerged as a prominent figure in global gastronomy. After training at the William Anglis Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

He honed his skills in esteemed restaurants like “Taxi Dining Room” and “Tetsuya’s”. Relocating to Singapore in 2014, he earned a Michelin Star for the “Macalister Mansion” in 2016, making history as the first Sri Lankan chef with such recognition. 

In 2016, Naleendra opened “Cheek by Jowl”, specializing in contemporary Australian cuisine, achieving a Michelin Star within a year.

Collaborating with his wife, he launched “Cloudstreet” in 2019, blending Sri Lankan and Australian flavors, earing two Michelin Stars in 2021.

Beyond these, he owns the casual Sri Lankan restaurant “Kotuwa” and rebranded wine bar Fool, formerly Cheek Bistro, which closed in August 2021.

Rishi Naleendra’s culinary ventures solidify his standing as a trailblazer in the international culinary landscape.


Dinner at Kurulu Bay


Saturday 24th

Kurulu Bay, a health and wellness-focused boutique hotel with 14 rooms offers serene views of Koggala Lake. Surrounded by lush greenery each suite or cottage provides intimacy with nature. Award winning architects designed the contemporary rooms while the hotel offers mindful activities and holistic spa treatments promoting reconnection and self-care.


Masterclass at Galle Fort

Masterclass Kitchen

Sunday 25th

Learn cooking secrets and tips from the masters in their field, as Rishi Naleendra guides you through a demonstration of a culinary masterclass. This is held in our masterclass kitchen in the UNESCO Galle Fort, a very intimate event where you meet the chef, can ask questions and taste morsels of delight. Take advantage of this outstanding talent being here in Sri Lanka, and improve your dinner party hosting skills, surprise friends and loved ones – you can become the kitchen goddess or god!