Tatler Tunes #2: Singapore's Top Chefs Kirk Westaway, Julien Royer, Rishi Naleendra And David Pynt Share Their Curated Playlists
Ever wondered how top chefs stay inspired in the kitchen through tough times? In the second instalment of Tatler Tunes—an initiative by Tatler Singapore to rally the spirit of community through music during these unprecedented times—we asked chefs Kirk Westaway, Julien Royer, Rishi Naleendra and Dave Pynt, to share their favourite tunes inspired by current menus, or surefire pick-me-ups for days when they're feeling down.
For chef and co-owner of Michelin-starred French fine dining restaurant Odette, Julien Royer finds happiness in life's simple pleasures.
"There's plenty of joy to be found in the normalcy of everyday life," he shares, and this is reflected in his music playlist, filled with tunes that he shares with loved ones and remind him of his childhood. For curious listeners, the one-hour playlist is peppered with uplifting rock ballads by British rock band Queen, and the laid back tunes of Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley, among other French classics by Renaud and Marc Lavoine.
Music is a crucial aspect of the fine-dining experience at Jaan by Kirk Westaway, the Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by chef de cuisine and Devon-native Kirk Westaway. Inspired by the restaurant's concept of "Reinventing British" and tunes that both Westaway and restaurant manager Simone Macri had on repeat during their time in London, the playlist is the perfect accompaniment for summer afternoons, or if you simply wish to be transported to the Devon countryside, located just south of England. Within the three-hour long playlist, listeners can expect a number of rock classics such as Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of by Irish rock band, U2, and Wild Horses by American rock band The Rolling Stones. Foals, The Beatles and Billy Idol are also included in the quintessential British line-up.
Filled with rock ballads, iconic electronic tunes and heavy metal tracks, chef-owner of Burnt Ends, Dave Pynt, shared his hour-long playlist that is guaranteed to energize your day. From songs such as We Are The People from electronic music duo Empire of the Sun, and Enter Sandman from heavy metal band Metallica, there is something for every metalhead and rock enthusiast in this line-up.
"I really like listening to old music," says Rishi Naleendra, chef-owner of Michelin-starred Cheek Bistro, as well as the highly-acclaimed Cloudstreet and Kotuwa restaurants who offer modern Australian and Sri Lankan cuisine respectively.
And so in this three-hour-long playlist by Naleendra, expect tracks by American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, English guitarist Eric Clapton, as well as English singer-songwriter David Bowie—each musical icons in their own right. Additionally, the chef-owner has taken a recent liking to the popular genre of soul music with roots that trace back to the early 1950s. He shared that Gary Clark Jr., Leon Bridges and Manahan Street Band are some of the new artists he's been listening to, interspersed with tracks from his go-to Pink Floyd album, The Dark Side of the Moon.