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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Announces Line-Up and Schedule of Events for Chef Fest 2019

Signature annual event showcases celebrity chefs and top mixologists from throughout the country from November 13-16, 2019 for a culinary celebration with one-of-a-kind dinners and cooking classes
July 9, 2019,
Hawaii, Hualalai, U.S.A.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel on Hawaii Island, announces the return of Chef Fest for 2019. From November 13 to 16, 2019, the Resort will host a multi-day food and wine event featuring high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences.  The series of events showcases some of the country’s best culinary talent in an intimate, beachfront setting.

Executive Chef of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Thomas Bellec, 20-year Four Seasons veteran and member of Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France), welcomes an impressive lineup of award-winning celebrity guest chefs, including:

  • Gabrielle Hamilton (Chef Owner of Prune, New York City) Four time James Beard Foundation Award winner including “Outstanding Chef,” Iron Chef winner, Daytime Emmy Award winner for Mind of a Chef, author of New York Times bestseller Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.
  • Kris Yenbamroong (Chef Owner of Night + Market restaurants, Los Angeles) James Beard Foundation Award finalist, “Best New Chef” by Food + Wine, “Best Restaurants in Los Angeles” by Los Angeles Times, and author of Night + Market cookbook.
  • Claude Le Tohic (Chef Partner of ONE65, San Francisco) Three-Michelin star recipient, James Beard Award winner, and member of Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France).
  • Mashama Bailey (Executive Chef and Partner of The Grey, Savannah) James Beard Award finalist, featured on Chef’s Table, and “Restaurant of the Year” by Eater.
  • Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske Valtierra (Chefs and Owners of Contra, Wildair and Una Pizza Napoletana, New York City) “Chefs of the Year’ by GQ, World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Michelin star recipients, James Beard Award Foundation finalist, “Best New Chefs” by Food + Wine, “30 Under 30” by Forbes.
  • Cyrille Pannier (Executive Chef of Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco) 15-year Four Seasons veteran at eight hotels and resorts around the world, and Chef’s Cycle participant.
  • Luca Moriconi, (Chef de Cuisine at Culina and Vinoteca at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills) 11-year Four Seasons veteran, born and raised in Tuscany, and speaks four languages.
  • Kalani Garcia (Executive Pastry Chef of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai) Hawaii native, 16-year Four Seasons veteran, and multi-year winner at Big Island Chocolate Festival.
  • Charles Phan (Chef/Owner of The Slanted Door, Out the Door, OTD, and Hard Water, San Francisco; Rice & Bones, Oakland) Two-time James Beard Award winner, Iron Chef participant, featured on How to Cook Everything, and author of IACP award winning cookbooks Vietnamese Home Cooking and The Slanted Door.

The Chef Fest 2019 schedule of events (subject to change) is listed below.

Wednesday, November 13

9:00–10:30 am

  • Louis Roederer Bocce and Brunch with the Chefs
  • Location: Hualalai Trading Company/Bocce Patio

11:00 am – Sunset

  • Patron Lounge at Palm Grove Pool
  • Location: Palm Grove Pool

1:00–1:30 pm

  • Cocktail Demonstration with Julie Reiner
  • Location: Beach Tree Stage

1:00–3:00 pm

  • Wine Blending Class featuring Domaine Anderson
  • Location: Hualalai Grille

6:00–9:00 pm

  • Chef Fest Grand Tasting
  • Location: Hoku Amphitheater

9:00–11:00 pm

  • VIP After Hours
  • Location: Hualalai Grille

Thursday, November 14

11:00 am – Sunset

  • Patron Lounge at Palm Grove Pool
  • Location: Palm Grove Pool

1:00–1:30 pm

  • Cocktail Class with Kyle Reutner
  • Location: Beach Tree Stage

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Kris Yenbamroong
  • Location: Cooking Academy at the Herb Garden

2:00–4:00 pm

  • Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Location: Cooking Academy at the Herb Garden

4:00–6:00 pm

  • Mixology Class with Tony Abou-Ganim
  • Location: Moana Terrace

6:00–9:00 pm

  • Ohana Chef Fest Dinner
  • Location: Beach Tree Restaurant

Friday, November 15

11:00 am – Sunset

  • Patron Lounge at Palm Grove Pool
  • Location: Palm Grove Pool

1:00–1:30 pm

  • Cocktail Demonstration with Chandra Lucariello
  • Location: Beach Tree Stage

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Claude Le Tohic
  • Location: Cooking Academy at the Herb Garden

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Haku Lei Class with Meleana Estes
  • Location: Beach Tree Lawn

2:00–4:00 pm

  • Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Mashama Bailey
  • Location: Cooking Academy at the Herb Garden

4:00–6:00 pm

  • Rare Wine Tasting
  • Location: TBD

6:00–9:00 pm

  • Aloha Friday Beach Cookout
  • Location: Kumukea Beach

Saturday, November 16

11:00 am – Sunset

  • Patron Lounge at Palm Grove Pool
  • Location: Palm Grove Pool

1:00–1:30 pm

  • Cocktail Demonstration with Tony Abou Ganim  
  • Location: Beach Tree Stage

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Jeremiah Stone and Chef Fabian von Hauske Valtierra
  • Location: Cooking Academy at the Herb Garden

2:00–4:00 pm

  • Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Charles Phan
  • Location: Cooking Academy at the Herb Garden

6:00–1:00 0pm

  • Gala Dinner
  • Location: ‘Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge

This year, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has partnered with The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport to ensure Chef Fest guests are have a bespoke experience starting from the moment they arrive at the airport. The Private Suite provides guests with a personalised lounge including snacks, blankets and outdoor lounge seating, private TSA screening, and across the tarmac service in a BMW 7-series. During Chef Fest, guests who book one of the Resort’s ten Specialty Suites will receive complimentary access to The Private Suite.  All other Resort guests partaking in Chef Fest events will receive a special special rate to utilise the door-to-door service at LAX.

2019 Chef Fest sponsors include Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Louis Roederer, Patrón, HILuxuryUnited Airlines, Bragard, and The Private Suite. For reservations or tickets, call 808 325 8000.