Chef Rishi Naleendra
Rishi Naleendra is the first Sri Lankan Chef to attain a Michelin status when Cheek by Jowl received the coveted star on Michelin Guide Singapore in 2017.
He began his culinary career at 22 in Melbourne, Australia, where he worked as a Demi chef, then Sous Chef at Taxi Dining Room. Three and a half years later, Rishi relocated to Sydney where he worked as a Chef de Partie at the famed Tetsuya’s under the renowned Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. He later worked at Yellow by Brent Savage as a pastry chef. Rishi moved to Singapore in 2015 to head the now-defunct Maca. A chance meeting with Loh Lik Peng, Founder of Unlisted Collection, led to an opportunity for Rishi to call a space his own – Cheek by Jowl (now, Cheek Bistro).
One thing led to another and currently, Rishi has three restaurants under his belt – Cheek Bistro, Cloudstreet and Kotuwa.