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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,

1 week ago

Chef Allen Hess

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

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2 weeks ago

Chef Allen Hess

Let's make it official🤙🥓 10th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival Aug 18th.
#ChefAllenHess #MaiGrille #HawaiianBacon #BBQ #BestMaiTai #Hawaii #BigIsland #Foodies DonsMaiTaiFest.com
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2 weeks ago

Chef Allen Hess

Guess you know where I'll be watching the fireworks July 4th. #WaikoloaBeachResortReady for tomorrow? The bacon is!
Plus, Chef's family from Ka'u just dropped off a fresh roasted batch of #coffee beans for your morning (or afternoon) cup.
#Hawaii #HawaiianBacon #WaikoloaBeachResort
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3 weeks ago

Chef Allen Hess

Dragonfruit, think of it as a cross between a pear and a kiwi fruit in taste. The flesh can range in color from white to purple-pink. The plants themselves are a cactus with huge beautiful blooms. It grows really well on the island and you can find the fruit at local farmer's markets or grocery stores. #bigislandagriculture #fruit #trythis

Lo que te comes
A que no sabían que así se cosecha la dragon fruit
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3 weeks ago

Chef Allen Hess

Event is tomorrow and a limited number of tickets remain. Still want to attend? Call Roy's 808-886-4321 fmi. See you there!I am pleased to be a part of this event with fellow chefs benefiting The Food Basket, Hawaii's food bank. It's less than a month away and will sell out! ... See MoreSee Less

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