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Paris Nabavi

Sangrita Grill + Cantina - Lahaina, HI


Recipient of the 2015 Aipono Lifetime Achievement Award, Chef Paris Nabavi studied culinary arts in Europe. Traveling the world, he eventually worked his way up the corporate ladder with Fairmont Hotels and arrived on Maui in 1989 to serve as Director of Food and Beverage for Kapalua Bay Hotel. In 1995, he opened the award-winning Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill serving Maui with the freshest Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern comfort food.

A deep passion for fresh, nutritious food at reasonable prices drives all of Chef Nabavi’s business ventures. In 2014 Chef Nabavi opened the award-winning Sangrita Grill + Cantina, winner of 2015 and 2016 for “Best Mexican Restaurant”, Hawaii Magazine “Best New Restaurant” and MauiTime “Best New Bar”.

Paris Nabavi is the Founder of Nabavi Legacy Fund—which promotes a yearly dine-around program called Maui RSVP (Restaurants Supporting Vital Programs). The collaborative effort recruits restaurants into Maui’s healthy kids and local food movements, benefiting eight nonprofit organizations including American Heart Association’s Kids/Teens Cook with Heart, Maui Culinary Academy, Maui Food Innovation Center, Imua Family Services, Grow Some Good, Maui School Garden Network, Book Trust and Maui Academy of Performing Arts.

Chef Nabavi makes it a priority to give back to his community. Every few months, he and his wife, Donna, open their home to a group of 20 guests and cook a traditional Persian menu. In lieu of payment, every guest donates to Nabavi Legacy Fund. Chef Nabavi also funds the purchase of organic seeds for 47 school gardens in Maui County.