It started with a childhood love for eating delicious food and grew into a passion for growing, cooking and sharing food with others. Being a personal chef and starting Honu Cuisine allows me to share a one of a kind culinary experience with each of my guests. Transforming my love for food, into a memorable dining experience.
After 14 years cheffing in professional kitchens, I set out to live a more sustainable life. Starting anew, I apprenticed on a small organic vegetable farm. The experience of connecting with the roots of our food rekindled my love for cooking and sharing food with others. Shortly after, following the girl of my dreams, I moved to Maui and began putting my new knowledge to use. I started a garden, connected with local farmers and created my new self as a personal chef. A personal chef who serves organic locally sourced ingredients that are produced and gathered with high integrity and consciousness. Because I believe that this is the kind of food all of us should be eating, for our health and out planet.
Now, in my eighth year as a personal chef and Maui resident, I am married to the girl of my dreams and we have an almost 2 year old girl. With our recently purchased land the dream of living a sustainable life through food continues. Our intention is to create a small family farm where we can grow and share food with all who visit…
In short, my style is New Farm Kitchen Cuisine representing Maui ingredients seasonally at their best. Connecting my guests with the island by serving meals that showcase its fresh ingredients, and highlighting these local flavors with simple yet creative Mediterranean style preparations, unique with hints of exotic spices, heirloom grains and a rustic finish.
I grew up with family that cooked with love. We enjoyed fresh vegetables, clean animal products, spices and sweets. Gatherings were always full of excitement for the food that was being prepared and eaten. It never ceased to amaze me at how much these simple principles influenced my life.
Sourcing the right ingredients is just as important as preparing them the right way. Over the past eight years I have built relationships with likeminded farmers and gatherers. By working closely with them I am supporting their dream and vision for the future. It keeps me connected to this great part of my community and excites me to share the culinary abundance that Maui has to offer.
My way with food is a timeless representation of sourcing, cooking, eating and sharing ingredients that are conducive to a long healthy life and a clean vibrant planet.