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James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour (Jan. 17-18)


The fourth annual Celebrity Chef Tour returns to Mauna Lani Bay on Jan. 17-18, 2014.

This two-day oceanfront gastronomic event is a chance to get up-close and personal with some of the biggest names in the industry, while enjoying masterful cooking influenced by Hawaiian culture and sustainability.

The 2014 Hawaii Celebrity Chef Tour will see Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto NYC), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza L.A.), Bruce Bromberg (Blue Ribbon NYC and Las Vegas), Michael Voltaggio (Ink and Ink.sack, L.A.), Philip “Ippy” Aiona (Three Fat Pigs, HI), Clayton Arakawa (Mauna Lani Bay Executive Chef) and Allen Hess (Mauna Lani Bay Chef de Cuisine) as they present their takes on island-style cuisine.

Former chef and now international award-winning cocktail mixologist, Manny Hinojosa, will prepare a selection of exclusive Grey Goose cocktails using Hawaii’s bountiful fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs.

The event celebrates local farmers and puts the abundance of seasonally-driven produce grown on Hawaii Island in the spotlight. The Celebrity Chef Tour benefits the James Beard Foundation, whose mission is to “celebrate, preserve and nurture America’s diverse culinary heritage and future.”

The Celebrity Chef Tour opens January 17th with an Oceanfront Cocktail reception featuring Manny Hinojosa’s stunningly beautiful drinks. The cuisine of the evening will be delectable hors d’oeuvres (pupus), created by Chef Ippy Aiona.

To enhance the evening Chefs Waxman, Voltaggio, Silverton and Bromberg will each present one of their favorite pupu. Chefs and guests are invited to mingle under the stars as they savor tasty bites of star cuisine and flavorful cocktails.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Mauna Lani’s oceanfront CanoeHouse restaurant, chefs Waxman, Voltaggio, Silverton, Bromberg, Arakawa and Hess will prepare a five-course dinner. Each course will be matched with premium wines or gourmet-treated cocktails by Hinojosa.

The exact menu for Saturday’s dinner will not be decided until the chefs visit local Hawaii Island farms to select their ingredients. The chefs however have collaboratively agreed that the food will be bold and imaginative at one level, yet simple and focused at another.

For more information and for tickets to the 2014 Hawaii Celebrity Chef Tour, visit:

WHAT: Celebrity Chef Cocktail Reception featuring hors d’oeuvres (pupus), by Chef Ippy Aiona & cocktails by Manny Hinojosa. Chefs Waxman, Voltaggio, Silverton, and Bromberg will each present one of their signature pupus. Live music.
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
WHERE: Oceanfront at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
TIME: 5-7:30 p.m.
COST: $85 (includes tax & tip)

WHAT: Five-course family-style culinary experience matched with wine and hand-crafted cocktails by Manny Hinojosa. Dinner presented by Jonathan Waxman, Michael Voltaggio, Nancy Silverton, Bruce Bromberg , Clayton Arakawa and Allen Hess.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
WHERE: CanoeHouse at Mauna Lani Bay
TIME: 6 p.m.
COST: $275 (includes tax and tip)

SPECIAL OFFER: Attend both events for $350

STAY: Take advantage of Mauna Lani Bay’s Celebrity Chef Tour room rates starting from $309 per night. For reservations, contact (800) 367-2323 or visit

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