Growing up on the North Shore of Oahu in a family of four with working parents, I soon started to find myself experimenting in the kitchen. The newly launched Food Network became my favorite TV show, and I loved trying out different recipes on family and friends. It didn’t take long before I knew exactly what I wanted to be – a professional chef.
Impatient to get started I graduated from Kahuku High School a year early and immediately started searching for a job; I found one at Waimea Falls Park preparing shave ice. I continued working and looking, graduating to prep person at The Proud Peacock, and finally rising to the position of line cook. However, I was eager to learn more, so I applied and was accepted at the prestigious John & Wales University where I received an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. Following graduation I held many positions within the industry, and eventually became Director of Restaurants at the Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel.
Satisfying though I found the world of corporate cuisine to be, I was lured away, unable to resist the opportunity to travel as the personal chef on a private super-yacht that sailed around the world. Visiting the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean among other exotic destinations I had the opportunity to discover and experiment with all sorts of fascinating products. This experience only reinforced my fundamental philosophy of using only the freshest ingredients.