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Chai Chaowasaree

Chef Chai - Honolulu, HI


Chef Chai Chaowasaree, owner and chef of Singha Thai Cuisine in Waikiki and Chef Chai at Pacifica Honolulu is recognized as one of Hawai‘i’s top Regional Cuisine chefs.  Known for fusing fresh local ingredients with the exotic flavors of Asia, Chef Chai has created a culinary style that reflects the cultural diversity of Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands. 

To further strengthen the partnership with Hawai‘i’s local farmers and fishermen, Chef Chai co-founded Hawai‘i Island Chefs (HIC), the second generation of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine chefs.  This group of HIC chefs is on a mission to provide the world with the best of Hawai‘i’s diverse culinary resources from the culture of the people and the bounty of the land and sea.

In addition to running his two restaurants, Chef Chai was named executive chef of Hawaiian Airlines for which he manages more than fifteen kitchens worldwide.  Chai also hosts the weekly cooking show, Dining Out with Chai, which airs on Honolulu’s KFVE-5 every Saturday at 5:30 PM, and Chai’s Choices on KGMB 9 (CBS).  

Chef Chai was voted the winner of the 2011 Hale Aina Chef’s Choice award, selected by past recipients of the Hale Aina Award.  Chai's restaurants have been critiqued and recommended by many international magazines, from Bon Appetit, Brides, Sunset, Cooking Light, Travel & Leisure and Gourmet magazine.

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