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


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The official page of Chef's Chef Allen Hess on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Try my newest restaurant Mai Grille in Waikoloa Beach Resort!
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Chef Allen Hess15 hours ago
How do you like your eggs? #farmtotable
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Chef Allen Hess15 hours ago
Mahalo Parker School, it was a fun "Parent's Night Out" at Mai Grille Saturday Night, Eden & I included. #whenthekeikiaway
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Chef Allen Hess1 week ago
Close up on that frosty cup.