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Batanga Regroups, Brings on Rising Stars Rishi Singh and Jojo Martinez

The Latin American eatery ups its culinary game with two new hires.

Jojo Martinez (l) and Rishi Singh (r) step into new roles at Batanga in downtown Houston.
Jojo Martinez (l) and Rishi Singh (r) step into new roles at Batanga in downtown Houston.
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Coming off the heels of the executive chef position at Dry Creek Cafe, Rishi Singh has accepted a new position further inside the loop. Leaving his burger creations in the Heights, Singh is taking his talents to Batanga.

After the loss of chefs Ben McPherson and Matt Womack to Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, the energy (or the dishes) at the Latin American eatery haven't been the same. Seeking a change, Brian and Ianne Fasthoff have brought on the gifted chef in hopes of renewing interest in the almost two-year-old restaurant. And it might just work.

Prior to moving to Dry Creek Cafe, Singh single-handedly turned Bar Boheme's food program around. Infusing cultures from around the world, the former Boheme chef made a name for himself with standout dishes like the bar's signature Bangkok fries (fries topped with charbroiled pork, sriracha, hoisin sauce, yellow curry mayo, cilantro). Singh is looking to do the same for Batanga. Over the next couple of months, the newly appointed executive chef will offer specials, giving guests a glimpse at what's in store when an updated menu rolls out in the spring.

Joining Singh is Jojo Martinez, who will overseeing the beverage program. A 13-year bar veteran, Martinez is dedicated to her craft, having competed in a number of cocktail competitions including the all-women Speed Rack regional tournament. She's also gained a legion of fans along the way with her bottle juggling and other flair techniques. Her most recent stints include Sanctuari at Triniti Restaurant and The Nightingale Room. Taking on the role of  Directór de Bebidas, Martinez willcollaborate with Chef Rishi to create a cohesive menu of cocktails.

Batanga

908 Congress Avenue, , TX 77002 (713) 224-9500 Visit Website

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