During a visit to Singapore last summer, I ate at the much talked about Cheek by Jowl, a couple of times. Run by the husband and wife team of chef Rishi Naleendra and restaurant manager Manuela Toniolo, I really enjoyed the ingredient-focused contemporary "Modern Australian" food in the casual setting, but what I enjoyed more was talking with Rishi.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Rishi moved to Australia and worked the kitchens of Yellow and Tetsuya's in Sydney, before moving to Singapore. Masterful in the kitchen, in conversation Rishi was earnest, engaging, and thoughtful; I truly enjoyed our philosophical discussions, which I won't share here. May that create some intrigue.