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Chef Allen Hess

Chef/ Owner Allen Hess has fun plating his passion at Mai Grille. A Chef’s Chef, Allen Hess worked hard in legendary Big Island kitchens among legendary chefs Peter Merriman, Alan Wong, and Roy Yamaguchi. After a stand out role as Head Chef at Merriman’s in Kamuela, Chef opened his first restaurant, Allen’s Table, in Kamuela. To much acclaim, he then applied his “slow food” vision as Chef de Cuisine for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s esteemed Canoe House. Mai Grille is his latest (and greatest?) kitchen. He leaves his mark with a bold and progressive take on regional cuisine.

Allen values local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. Many are friends. After all, their passions support the slow food dishes for which Allen is best known. One story goes the idea for a “buttery beef” was born amidst friends and some beers in his Waimea backyard. He paid a buddy, who owned an orchard, to drop a truck full of “butter” avocados for the cows. The results were imaginably good, we are told. Never afraid to be creative, “I’m inspired by good food, food that’s fun, really flavorful, and visually appealing.”

Look for a modern and sophisticated spin on some local classics. “We are excited to take a familiar dish, and try new things with it.” Set in a light-filled, open & modern clubhouse, Allen feels good food shouldn’t be stuffy, “We’re inviting people to eat the way chefs like to eat, the way we eat in the industry, with lots of options to choose from.” Bring your crew and see you at the clubhouse!

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Chef Allen Hess

Head Chef, Owner

In The News…

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Mahalo Nui Loa to our Friends,

The Late, Great, Richard Nakano – Nakana Farms

Marie Nakano – Nakano Farms II

Jill Andrade – Hawaii Beef Producers

Dick Threlfall – Hawaii Island Goat Dairy

Joe & Phil Wilson – Kona Cold Lobster

Bob Barrett – Maluhia Farms

Maureen & Tanne Datta – Adaptations

Thank you for your passion.