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,

Mark your calendars with a reservation at Mai Grille. Tag your peeps!
Waikoloa Beach & Kings' Golf Course
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Easter Sunday Brunch

April 1, 2018, 7:30am - April 1, 2018, 11:00am

In honor of the Easter Sunday Brunch tradition gather with family and friends at Mai Grille. Wet your beaks on fresh mimosas or Bloody Marys on the terrace and don't forget the house made bacon! Make a reservation for guaranteed seating. See you at the clubhouse.

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Selection Sunday, March 11th. READY FOR MARCH MADNESS! #bracketgame #lineup #NCAAfinals #waikoloa #clubhouse Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess ... See MoreSee Less

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Easter is on the way! Try making a basket or nest out of BACON. Grab the cupcake pan, flip it over on to a cookie sheet (to catch the drippings), wrap bacon around each cup, bake it till golden (about 15min at 350F), let cool and fill with a poached egg and favorite toppings! #easter #eatthis #athome ... See MoreSee Less

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