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Lahaina: From the heart
You thought you knew luaus---sappy theme meals for bus-crazed
tourists. But no: The luau is an old Hawaiian tradition, and the
Hawaiian chefs join forces to support cooking schools
Honolulu, Hawaii---Eight leading Hawaiian chefs have formed and alliance to support the state's contemporary cuisine by creating scholarships at the community colleges.
Preliminary plans are under way for the group, called Hawaiian Island Chefs, to hold its first event, a public buffet at which guests will visit the chefs' various stations to sample their dishes, at Kapiolani Community Colleges.
The group's long-range plan is to set up a full scholarship each year for the culinary programs at each of the community colleges.
Co-chairs of the group are D.K. Kodama, executive chef-owner of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar on Maui, and Wayne Hirabayashi, executive chef of the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Oahu. The other members are Chai Chaowasaree, executive chef-owner of Chai's Island Bistro and Singhai Thai on Oahu; Hiroshi Fukui of L'Uraku, also on Oahu; Teresa Gannon, Pastry chef at Haliimaile General Store and Joe's Bar and Grill on Maui; Edwin Goto, executive chef at the Manele Bay hotel on Lanai; Jacqueline Lau, executive chef of Roy's Waikaloa Bar and Grill on Hawaii; and James McDonald, executive chef at Pacific'O, I'O and the Feast at Lele on Maui.
Best Vegetarian Fare:
Honorable Mention: I'O in Lahaina
Honorable mention: Feast at Lele
Honorable mention: It's no surprise last year's Best Chef,
I'O Feast at Lele and Pacific'O chef-partner
James McDonald is still lurking in the wings of culinary greatness.
Award of distinction 2001, 2002 Honolulu Magazine
2001 Taste of Lahaina Best Seafoodand Best of Show
Wine Spectator award of excellence 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
2001 The Honolulu Advertiser (Oahus 100 Best Restaurants)
2001 HONOLULU magazine HaleAina Restaurant of Distinction
Taste of lahaina best of show and best seafood 2001
"Table of Choice" Sept 2000 travel & leisure
1999 Maui News: Best New Restaurant
News: Best Maui Chef
The Honolulu Advertiser
Wednesday, October 6, 1999
Pacific'O, I'O and The Feast at Lele, Maui.
James McDonald washed dishes and prepared food at a friend's restaurant in high school, then went on to vocational school for data processing training. "I didn't realize it entailed math, which I hate with a passion," he remembers.
He enrolled in a baking course and worked a couple of restaurants. A stint in the Army brought him to Hawaii, where he joined a Westin Maui apprenticeship program. He helped open the Ritz Carlton Kapalua before going off to Switzerland for a year of European training. McDonald landed the executive chef position at Pacific'O owned by Louie Coulombe and Stephan Bel Robert. Since then the three have become partners in I'O and with Lahaina Luau in the Feast at Lele
Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf
A Popular dish at Pacific'O restaurant in Lahaina, Maui, this recipe by chef James McDonald can be made with whatever fresh fish is at hand.Make the pesto ahead of time and have it on hand in the refrigerator for fish or chicken
2 1/4 pounds of fresh firm white fish, cut
into 6 once portions
The Land of plenty
Award winning Chef.
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