My name is Ryan Chetiyawardana but given the difficulty of my surname, I tend to tie all our projects together under the Mr Lyan moniker – a childhood nickname that we've used as a link to the various threads to the company. I've been working in food and drink for over 20 years, and after working through a variety of venues, I started the Mr Lyan company with my sisters to explore how we could innovate within the industry, push the boundaries of where food and drink can operate, and collaborate with various pioneers or creatives.
This is reflected in the work we do in our bars; currently, we have Lyaness and Seed Library in London, Silver Lyan in Washington DC and Super Lyan in Amsterdam, along with Mr Lyan Studio in London, some books, products and a MasterClass series. In all of these spaces, we try and see where we can work with like-minded partners – everything from food scientists in Lyaness, local growers in Amsterdam and DC or music and food partners in Seed Library. We are just about to launch our latest food collab in Seed Library with Ruben of Ruben's Ruebens bringing his smoked wares to the kitchen!