Chef Allen Hess

A favorite Chef, among chefs.

That’s Allen Hess. Known among locals, chefs, and celebrities in the industry as a grounded, innovative spirit with a passion for his family and the ‘Aina (“land”) he calls home. He is modernizing Hawai’i Regional cuisine but preserving its local-source, farm-to-table practices for the future.

Allen is a hands-on ambassador. Hawai’i Regional cuisine is about dining close to the land, experiencing the real Hawai’i- its seasonal tastes and textures. Sometimes it means getting out of the kitchen. He visits farms & ranches, hunts and fishes, builds friendships and immerses guests.

Food Network star Tyler Florence went on his first Boar Hunt. Top Chef Season 6 Winner Michael Voltaggio suited up for Tako (“octopus”) diving. He even invited half a dozen celebrity chefs including Chef Aaron Sanchez and the Bromberg Brothers (Blue Ribbon Restaurants) on the precarious journey down into Waipi’o Valley. A tale documented in the Huffington Post. As one put it, “This guy is one of the best chefs I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing!”

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Culinary History

  •  Le Cordon Blue affiliate – California Culinary Academy, SF Graduate
  • Louisiana with Chef John Besh
  • [St. Croix, San Diego, & Los Angeles]
  • Alan Wong’s Grille, Four Seasons Hualalai, Sous Chef
  • Roy’s Waikoloa, Sous Chef
  • Merriman’s Waimea, Head Chef
  • Mai Bacon, Founder
  • Allen’s Table, Waimea, Chef/Owner
  • Canoe House, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Chef de Cuisine
  • Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Chef/Owner
  • AlohaBol, Waikoloa Beach Resort & Waimea, Chef/Owner
  • FORC Restaurant, Waimea Town, Kamuela, Chef/Owner
allen hess spicy bacon dish
Click above to learn how to make Allen Hess’ Spicy Wok Bacon and more Hawaii Regional dishes.

Media & More

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If you know Big Island, you know Allen Hess. – Frolic Hawaii

A sensation among the second wave of island chefs. – San Francisco Chronicle

A collective of Hawai‘i’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants have committed to bring local ingredients to the center of the plate. – Hawaii News Now

Chef Allen Hess weighs in on Hawaii's food scene
Chef Allen is no stranger to Hawaii’s food scene, seen here weighing in at a local media event in Waikoloa Beach Resort, Big Island.

Of Note

Recognized by American Culinary Foundation, Kona-Kohala Chapter 2018 for ongoing efforts to perpetuate Hawai’i’s local food culture.


Best Chef’s America, Peer nominated and Accepted #BestChef 2017

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef’s Tour, Participant 2014

Slow Food Conference, Torino, Italy, Hawaii Delegate 2010

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Contact by Phone: 808-886-7600 // Address: 69-622 Waikoloa Beach Dr. Waikoloa, HI 96738