Paul Lewis

Culinary Director, One&Only Reethi Rah


Paul Lewis is the Culinary Director at One&Only Reethi Rah, overseeing the resort's exceptional dining experiences. With a culinary journey spanning the globe, Chef Paul brings a wealth of international expertise to our culinary team. His passion for crafting exquisite dishes has taken him from Australia to Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Maldives, and beyond, and his culinary prowess has been recognised with prestigious awards, as well as a remarkable track record of launching and revitalising restaurant concepts. At One&Only Reethi Rah, Chef Paul is dedicated to curating memorable dining experiences that delight the senses and elevate the resort’s culinary offerings.

Paul brings a wealth of culinary expertise gathered from around the globe. His culinary journey commenced in 1998 as an Apprentice Chef in Brisbane, Australia, and has since taken him to various culinary destinations. Paul's career ascended as he held the position of Executive Sous-Chef at the Renaissance Hotel in Malaysia and played a pivotal role in the pre-opening of Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran, Indonesia, as the Executive Chef. His culinary exploration also extended to Vietnam, and he has had previous experience in the Maldives as the Director of Cuisine at W Retreat and Spa from 2014 to 2016. He even graced Mauritius as a Guest Chef at Long Beach resort.

Before joining One&Only Reethi Rah, Paul was Executive Chef at Intercontinental Hayman Island. He possesses extensive experience in orchestrating large banquet operations, catering to groups ranging from 10 to an impressive 3,500 guests simultaneously. Throughout his career, Paul has been at the forefront of restaurant concept and menu launches, achieving accolades like the coveted two hats in the 2021 AGFC guide for his contributions to the world of culinary excellence.

Hailing from Australia, Chef Paul Lewis's interests outside the kitchen offer a delightful glimpse into his life. He finds relaxation and joy in surf fishing, perfecting the art of backyard barbecue smoking, and embracing the discipline of boxing. Additionally, he shares heartwarming moments with his loyal canine companion, finding solace and companionship. These hobbies grant him a well-deserved respite from the culinary world and mirror his fervor for craftsmanship and the relentless pursuit of excellence in diverse facets of his life.

About One&Only

Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only is conceived as a hallmark of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. The exclusive collection includes One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Palmilla and One&Only Mandarina in Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains in Australia; One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysia; One&Only Nyungwe House and One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda and the recently opened One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro. Additional resorts in development include One&Only Aesthesis and One&Only Kéa Island in Greece and One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai, as well as communities of One&Only Private Homes around the world.

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