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Jul 6, 2009 02:31 PM

Recommendation for a Private Chef- Honolulu

I'm looking for a really great Private Chef in or near Honolulu. I want to plan a romantic dinner for my girlfriend so it has to be extra special. What I have in mind is a tasting menu with wine.
I'm from San Francisco and there are some really great restaurants there with this type of menu.
My girlfriend's favorite is Gary Dankos, so hopefully that will give you an idea of what I'm looking for.

I'm new to Oahu so I'd appreciate your advice.

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  1. I recently went to a heavy pupu cocktail party, the chef was Justin Ray Johnson

    he did a very nice simple presentation for that event but is comfortable with a wide range of this type of event

    1. Culinary Grace's Chef Randy. I was referred to her and hired her for a dinner party. The food was incredible, (melt in your mouth delicious) and healthy! We had a 5 course meal paired with wine. I think it will be exactly along the lines of what you're wanting.
      Since then my friend hired her for her intimate wedding. She hired her for catering - totally different but equally great.
      Good luck with your dinner :)

      1. The Halekulani offers what you are looking for, if you have not yet booked your lodging.

        Their signature restaurant is La Mer ( They have several suites and many feature just what you are seeking, with a private meal on your lanai, by Chef Yeves Garnier with wines paired by sommelier Randy Ching.

        As we also love Restaurant Gary Danko, I think you will be at home.

        Check out their various suites, and what each one has to offer. I recommend the Vera Wang Suite, but you may have other ideas.

        Sorry that it took me so long, but I did not see the post until now.

        For other dining in the Waikiki area, I am a big fan of Alan Wong's, King Street, and Chef Mavro's. Another good one, not THAT far away is 3660 on the Rise.

        Last trip, Bali by the Sea at the Hilton Hawaiian Village was a bit of a letdown. They seemed tired and going through the motions, though we have had many good to great meals there.



        1. Sorry, but my Link to Place did not take. Let me try again.

          OK, this looks better.

          Should the suites at Halekulani not be to your liking, I would still recommend La Mer for the dinner. Now, other than the personal chef program at the Halekulani, I do not know of anyone to recommend.

          Much aloha,


          Alan Wong's Restaurant
          1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

          Chef Mavro restaurant
          1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

          La Mer
          2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

          3660 On the Rise
          3660 Waialae Ave Unit Frnt, Honolulu, HI 96816

          6 Replies
          1. re: Bill Hunt

            i though she was looking for a private chef, not a room in a hotel or a restaurant. rather different, or am i missing somehting here?

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              It could be either, if one wished to stay in most of the suites at the Hanekulani. Chef Granier will be their "personal chef," on their own lanai, and have the full kitchen support of La Mer.

              I guess that it would be how one would define it.

              If I could get a room at the French Laundry and have a private meal, prepared by Chef Keller, I'd count that as a "private chef."

              However, it might not be what he's looking for, and then a "chef for hire," would be more in keeping with the plans.

              It could well be semantics, or maybe an option. Until RHammy76 posts back, we can only speculate.

              I may well be totally off-base.



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                after I posted I realized i was coming at it from the angle of a resident, you as a visitor.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  Hey, that is why visitors, such as I, rely so heavily on the residents!

                  Now, had the OP said that they lived in Pearl City, and wanted a private chef, I would not have had any clue.

                  Given the reference in SF (great restaurant, BTW), I immediately thought of La Mer. Two others would be Chef Mavro, and Alan Wong, but I have no clue to whether either do anything like that. I do not believe that Chef Granier does either, with the exception of residents of the suites.

                  Though not inexpensive by any stretch, I would guess that there might be deals to be had. I'm basing this on the increase in the number of promo e-mails that I have been getting from ultra high-end hotels and restaurants in cities like Las Vegas. Now, the Halekulani might be impervious to the economy - or they might not. Still, considering the places that were charging $4000/day just over a year ago, and are now offering even better amenities for $600/day, I'd say that many are scrambling.

                  I wish the OP luck, and hope that he reports on his decision and on how wonderful it turns out to be.


                    1. re: zippyh

                      "We can cater your private event at the restaurant or at the location of your choice."

                      Boy, that sounds like it would work too. Thanks for taking the time to check. I made assumptions, and they were obviously incorrect.

                      Hope that the OP sees your link,