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An award winning chef, Jon Matsubara brings an extraordinary background in the culinary industry. Named one of the “10 Top Chefs to Watch” by Modern Luxury Hawaii Magazine, Chef Matsubara has elevated Japengo Restaurant to a new level in the time he has held the position of Chef de Cuisine. Prior to Japengo, Matsubara was at Azure where he helped the restaurant win Honolulu Magazine’s 2010 Hale Aina Award for Hawaii’s Best New Restaurant and the 2010 ‘Ilima Award for Hawaii’s Best Restaurants Critics Choice.
Chef Matsubara began his culinary career at Roy’s Restaurant and honed his skills as Chef de Cuisine of Canoe House Restaurant in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Additionally, he served as Chef de Partie in the famed New York kitchens of Restaurant Jean Georges, Tabla, Bouley and Honolulu’s acclaimed Alan Wong’s Restaurant.
Matsubara attended the French Culinary Institute in New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American History from the University of Puget Sound.