Chef Yoshi’s Hawaiian Pop-up Dinner Menu

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018 01:23 PM

On July 1, we’ll be holding the Hawaiian style pop-up dinner in a secret location in Waikiki. Aside from the entertainment, a mouthwatering culinary experience awaits dinner guests prepared by Chef Yoshi Ohata, Executive Chef of Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach.

Born in Nara, Japan, Chef Yoshi was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been cooking for 25 years for various exclusive spots in Hawaii, including the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort, Nick’s Fishmarket, and the Moanalua Golf Club.

Lifestyle Network: What set you on the path to becoming a chef?

Chef Yoshi Ohata: My mother owned a sushi restaurant when we first moved to Hawaii. The restaurant was my playground at 4 years old. My senior year in High School, I took a Food & Nutrition class and it felt like second nature. Now at 41 years old I still consider a kitchen my playground.

LN: Who do you consider to be your culinary hero? How has your hero inspired your cooking?

CYO: Again my mother would be my hero but if you are talking about a celebrity, I would say Nobuyuki Matsuhisa of the Nobu restaurant chain. He infuses unique flavors into every dish.

LN: You were born in Japan and grew up in Hawaii. How has these two different cultures influenced your cuisine?

CYO: Well, I love eating food from both Japan and Hawaii so it’s actually hard for me not to be influenced by the two. What I like about Japanese cuisine is that the flavors should be clean and even. And for Hawaiian cuisine, I like the bulk cooking and unique cooking methods, such as the imu (underground oven).

LN: We know that Hawaii is a melting pot of different cultures. What, for you, is the quintessential Hawaiian dish, one that best represents all of these distinct flavors?

CYO: It would have to be poké.

LN: What culinary experience can the guests to the pop-up dinner look forward to?

CYO:  With each course, they will get to experience a present day infusion of different cultures as if they were traveling across the Pacific.

We hope we’ve whet your appetite for this Hawaiian Style Pop-up Dinner happening in a secret location in Waikiki, so grab your tickets now and see you there!

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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