Chef Fest Hawaii

The Kona-Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island is a piece of paradise. My purpose for visiting the award-winning Four Seasons Resort was to attend my first Chef Fest, a four-day event filled with activities including cooking classes, mixology classes, wine dinners, beach parties, and just “sitting around the fire” with some of America’s top chefs. My niece happens to be a manager at the Residents Beach House restaurant on the property, and she told me a year ago, when she first helped with the event, that I must attend the following year.

Well, I just completed an incredible stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai, and it did not disappoint. Not only are the accomodations luxurious with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, the staff is spot-on perfect! Every detail was considered for the hotel’s guests, and the Chef Event was perfectly executed.

The opening night was a tasting event with at least ten chefs and six wine or spirits reps serving delicious portions of their best creations. The setting was the outdoor amphitheater, with live music and island ambiance. The following days were scheduled with cooking classes, an elaborate wine tasting from Harlan Estate in Napa Valley, a mixology class with Julie Reiner, beach party with more tastings from celebrity chefs, and wine dinners the remaining evenings.

I was privileged to get to play tennis three days with two of the chefs, Jonathan Waxman and Christof Syre, and we had a great time! The three classes I took were from Chefs Jonathan Waxman, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Andy Ricker. Other chefs at the event were Neal Frasier, Ivan Orkin, Fabrizo Schenardi, Edward Lee, and Thomas Bellec. I met them all, and tasted their delicious food harvested on the island. I can’t compliment the Four Seasons Hualalai enough for their attention to detail to making this event such a success. Being a guest at this beautiful resort was such a treat, and a sure lure for next year’s event.

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