Rishi Naleendra

Cheek by Jowl
  • Rishi Naleendra, Executive Chef of Cheek by Jowl, is the first Sri Lankan to receive Michelin status. He started his career at Melbourne's Taxi Dining Room before becoming Chef de Partie at Tetsuya's in Sydney. Rishi then moved to the award-winning Yellow by Brent Savage, before opening his own space with his wife and restaurant manager Manuela Toniolo.


Couple In The Kitchen
with Rishi Naleendra & Manuela
19:30 - 20:30

How's it like to work together with your spouse, especially in the kitchen? What?s the schedule like? What are the challenges? Inspired by their fond love of cooking, Rishi Naleendra and Manuela decided to channel their passion into a Michelin-starred establishment, Cheek by Jowl. They will be sharing their experiences of working together as the leaders of the kitchen, as well as tips on how to manage the relationship well.
Michelin Magic with the Michelin-Starred Chef
with Rishi Naleendra & Manjunath Mural
17:15 - 18:15

The Michelin Guide is arguably the most prestigious rating system in the realm of culinary. For a long time now, the guide has contributed to the success of chefs and restaurants arond the world. Thus, what does it take to earn a Michelin star for a restaurant? How do a Michelin-starred restaurant maintain its quality? Michelin-starred chefs Rishi Naleendra & Manjunath Mural will discuss the topic and give you a better idea on how to work the magic to qualify.
Roasted Baby Beetroot Salad
by Rishi Naleendra from Cheek by Jowl
12:45 - 13:45

Contemporary Australian Cuisine
with Rishi Naleendra
17:00 - 18:30

As the first Sri Lankan chef to receive Michelin status, Rishi Naleendra is an expert when it comes to marrying fresh and sustainable ingredients to create innovative modern Australian dishes. Chef Rishi will get your palate excited all the way through his Chef to Table session with his special menu.

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