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In the world of gourmet cooking, critically-acclaimed Chef Alan Wong is well-known for his unique creative flair. A renowned master of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, Chef Wong has made a highly-successful career out of marrying elements of different ethnic cooking styles using the finest Island-grown ingredients. As his Asian roots combine with his French culinary background, east and west cuisines do not merely meet -- they meld.
1991 witnessed the birth of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine when he and eleven other chefs organized a group determined to work with local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. The creation of HRC helped to establish Hawai‘i as a sought-after destination to experience a unique blend of ethnic-inspired cuisines made with fresh, local products.
He is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef, Pacific Northwest 1996. Alan Wong’s Restaurant opened in April of 1995 and in 1996 it received a James Beard Foundation nomination for the nation’s ‘Best New Restaurant’. In September 1999, The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong opened at Macy’s in the Ala Moana Shopping Center, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and offering banquet facilities and catering services.
Chef Wong believes in giving back to the community and the profession. He serves on the boards of Easter Seals Hawai‘i, the Hawai‘i Seafood Promotion Committee, Leeward Community College and the Culinary Institute of the Pacific food service programs, and the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. He was honored in 2001 by Kapiolani Community College and in 2002 by the University of Hawai‘i as its Distinguished Alumnus and for his contributions to the State of Hawai‘i.
Using fresh, local products whenever possible, pairing them with local flavors, Chef Wong defines his style of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine as the contemporary style of cooking that borrows from all of the ethnic influences found in Hawai‘i today. Creating innovative dishes with a contemporary twist, his goal is to have his guests “Taste Hawai‘i”. His restaurants express a casual yet elegant ambience and welcome their guests with Hawaiian-style hospitality and the ‘Aloha Spirit’.
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