Chefs of Aloha @ the James Beard’s house with Alan Wong & Georges Mavro

I spent quite a bit of time in Hawaii in my early chef life and I always been very fond of the culture, the people and of course the food of the islands. So when I heard that two of my favorite Hawaiian chefs Georges Mavro and Alan Wong were coming to town to cook a special dinner at the James Beard house I immediately offered my help. The dinner was to promote the 20th anniversary of Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement started by twelve of the islands most talented chefs to elevate the culinary experience in Hawaii by featuring local foods in each of the chef’s own distinctive styles of cooking.

I forgot how small was the kitchen at James Beard but the chefs came well prepared with 16 cases of food and a whole bucket of sunshine, they made it very clear they didn’t travel halfway through the globe not to enjoy themselves. When you work with Hawaiians there are smiles on faces and jokes abound.

The extraordinary Georges Mavro, a French expat in Hawaii, and winner of countless awards (James Beard award, Five Diamond status, Gayot Three Toques 18/20 rating, “Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.”… ) made sure to smoke up the whole house while the rest of the crew was busy preparing for the 80 people dinner.

The other stars of the evening were Kevin chong, Chef Mavro talented executive chef and also a nominee for a James Beard award for the Pacific region. Lance Kosaka and Wade Ueoka, the executive chefs of the Alan Wong’s Honolulu restaurants (and also President Obama restaurant of choice when he visits Hawaii) and pastry chef Michelle Karr. Tony Liu, an Hawaiian expat and the Chef of Morandi in New York city came in also to help.

Of course, no festivities are complete in Hawaii without fresh flower leis for everybody.

Beside being the most recognizable hawaiian celebrity chef, Alan Wong is into Nikon cameras too so he had fun playing with my D700. For once you’ll see a few shot of me working, a rare occurrence on this blog.


Chilled Tomato Soup and Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches with Foie Gras and Kalua Pig

Garam Masala–Dusted Shrimp with Hearts of Palm–Green Apple Rémoulade and Oahu Sea Asparagus Tempura

Maui Cattle Company Roast Beef Rolls with Pho Flavors

Winter Vegetable Meli-Melo with Sumida Watercress, Chickpea Fritters, and Eggplant Tahini


Poached Truffle-Infused Petersons’ Upland Farm Egg with Potato Mousseline and Jinhua Ham Ribbons

Chopped Ahi Sashimi and Avocado Salsa Stack on Crispy Wonton with Spicy Aïoli and Wasabi Soy

Crisped Onaga with Poha Rice, Braised Green Papaya, and Housemade Tamarind Curry

Butter-Poached Kona Lobster with Eryngii Mushrooms, Green Onion Oil, and Katsuo Soy

Lamb Pissaladière > Big Island ‘Wow’ Farm Tomato Tart with Lamb Bacon, Maui Onions, Black Olive Powder, and Lamb Jus


Kula Strawberries Romanoff > Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Kula Strawberry–Hibiscus Soup, Yogurt Sorbet, and Hawaiian Vanilla Sabayon

A wonderful evening of delicious foods, new friends and laughter (okay, and some hard work too!)

Mahalo, chefs!

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  • jenjenk

    how fun!!! The food looked amazing!!! jealous!!!

    I don’t think i’ve ever seen you in your chef’s whites, either! we need to see more action shots like that!!

  • Susan

    Wow, you roll with some amazing company! Really impressive photos, even if they weren’t taken by you! Great jealous stuff!

  • Broderick

    That dessert looks amazing

  • Nawal ZERROUNI

    Encore de Superbes Photos et je ne dis pas ça que pour celles du Zen Chef ! 😉

  • Frank A Fariello Jr

    Chef, All I can say is, you certainly do get around!

    The food looks great, too. Of course!

  • Anonymous

    Very nice experience! Beautiful pictures, well done Chef!
    We did the same in 1998 when I was working in the US :)
    Time flies!!!

  • Colloquial Cook

    T’es allé chez le coiffeur, toi 😀 Bravo chef!

  • Stacey Snacks

    Wow Chef!
    That tuna/avocado tartare looks vaguely familiar.
    Loving these visits…..thank you for sharing them.

  • Asha@FSK

    Oh la la!! this is soo cool!!! :)) so happy for you that you got to work with these awesome chefs..!

  • Olga Berman

    hotness!!! :)

  • Jun Belen

    I’m with Olga, very hot!

    Great shots!

  • DaniaKatz

    Excellent photos and wonderful post. I was at home on Maui wishing I was in NYC. Reading the post was like I was there, or close enough. Mahalo Chef.

  • Joe

    Looks amazing as usual!

  • Ellie

    Wonderful post. Your photos is beautiful and never failed to amaze me.

  • Anonymous

    wish i was there too! looks amazing!

  • Haumea

    Awesome Chef. I know you had one good time!!! The menu looks ono and I know it was. Aloha!

  • Jon

    Ate at Alan Wong’s restaurant in Oahu. Loved it.

  • NO_taxis

    just saw your article and was thinking that you are a really lucky chef….
    btw where is the picture of the Beach BBQ in hawaii, when you were young…???