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What is a Chef’s Chef?

That’s Allen Hess. Known among locals, chefs, and celebrities in the industry as a grounded, innovative spirit with a passion for his family and the ‘Aina (“land”) he calls home. He is modernizing Hawai’i Regional cuisine but preserving its local-source, farm-to-table practices for the future.

Allen is a hands-on ambassador. Hawai’i Regional cuisine is about dining close to the land, experiencing the real Hawai’i- its seasonal tastes and textures. Sometimes it means getting out of the kitchen. He visits farms & ranches, builds friendships and immerses guests.

Food Network star Tyler Florence went on his first Boar Hunt. Top Chef Season 6 Winner Michael Voltaggio suited up for Tako (“octopus”) diving. He even invited half a dozen celebrity chefs including Aaron Sanchez and the Bromberg Brothers (Blue Ribbon Restaurants) on the precarious journey down into Waipi’o Valley. A tale documented in the Huffington Post. As one put it, “This guy is one of the best chefs I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing!”

A favorite chef, among chefs.

  •  Le Cordon Blue affiliate – California Culinary Academy, SF Graduate
  • Louisiana with Chef John Besh
  • [St. Croix, San Diego, & Los Angeles]
  • Alan Wong’s Grille, Four Seasons Hualalai, Sous Chef
  • Roy’s Waikoloa, Sous Chef
  • Merriman’s Waimea, Head Chef
  • Allen’s Table, Waimea, Chef/Owner
  • Canoe House, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Chef de Cuisine
  • Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Chef/Owner

If you know Big Island, you know Allen Hess. – Frolic Hawaii

A sensation among the second wave of island chefs. – San Francisco Chronicle

A collective of Hawai‘i’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants have committed to bring local ingredients to the center of the plate. – Hawaii News Now

Best Chef’s America, Accepted #BestChef 2017

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef’s Tour, 2014

Slow Food Conference, Torino, Italy, 2010 Hawaii Delegate

Recognized by American Culinary Foundation-KKC 2018 for ongoing efforts to perpetuate Hawai’i’s local food culture.

 

Where’s Allen Today? Stay in Touch,

6 days ago

Chef Allen Hess

As a Chef, you make daily decisions on the origin and quality of produce to serve. I am proud to support the quality our aina's local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen provide. This is a great video describing why local produce is mo' betta.
Like if you agree & come have a taste!🥓🍽
#Allen4Aloha #Waikoloa #Hawaii #EatLocalHawaii

Bit.ly/Allen4Aloha

Kanu Hawaii
Why eat local? Uncle Joshy Boy going tell you...
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6 days ago

Chef Allen Hess

Beautiful day in Waikoloa Beach. I love my commute! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Chef Allen Hess

Don's Mai Tai fest, Kona August 18th. National Bacon Lovers Day Brunch,
Mai Grille 19th.
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2 weeks ago

Chef Allen Hess

Waikoloa, Hawaii
Big News Coming!
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1 month ago

Chef Allen Hess

I neither confirm nor deny the rumor mill about possible upcoming projects. #Patience ... See MoreSee Less

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