Thank you for taking a moment to look at our site. We hope it will help you. My name is Robert L.Rabesa Jr. and I have been a student of the culinary profession for over 30 years. I started out as a tot in Cape Cod, Massachusetts watching my mom and grandmothers work in their kitchens. Fascinated and enthusiastic about what I was learning, I continued to seek new opportunities in the kitchens that I visited. As a sophomore in high school, a career day speaker in my foods class, offered me a chance to apprentice for her in a small French Restaurant. I jumped at the opportunity and never looked back. My first cooking mentor, a woman named Abigail Menard, would not take it easy on me. She absolutely loved food and its preparations, but she left no room for errors. She insisted that I learn every aspect of the restaurant's kitchen. So for the next several years, in high school and a few years after, I apprenticed for Abigail and worked in her restaurant. When the restaurant sold in 1990, I was ready for a change of scenery. I packed everything I owned into two duffel bags and jumped on a California bound bus, one way, with 650 dollars to my name. I arrived across the country in San Francisco with a desire to become a well rounded chef. Over the next 6 years, I worked full time and apprenticed part time in some of San Francisco's best and busiest restaurants.
In 1995 I decided I wanted to live in Honolulu, so I made the move in early 1996. I loved the weather and the "ALOHA" way of life. I was just developing my culinary personality. My specials consisted of the freshest seafoods and local ingredients combined with the Asian, Mediterranean and Italian influences that I had been trained in. I've been trained in many styles of cooking and cherish each one. These and the French training and style of cooking, from earlier in my career, are featured in my current concepts.
My first stint in Honolulu lasted only two years due to family problems back east. I arrived back in Boston with plans of settling down. I quickly landed my dream job as a Banquet Chef at Fenway Park and settled in to follow my beloved Boston Red Sox. Unprecedented production and daily creativity were demanded at the highest level of food service. The training was instrumental to my skillset. I can't say enough about how valuable the experience was to me as a person and as a chef. It gave me time to rethink my plans and goals in life. Ultimately, I realized that Honolului was where my heart was, so I returned in 2000.
I take a few things with me wherever I go. I have 2 nieces named Emily Mae and Riley Nicole whom I Miss and Love very much. My mom and her unconditional love and support. My baby sister's sass, and the Angel of my life my Aunty Ann. They all help to make me a better human being.
Their love lives in my heart and seasons my cooking.
For the next ten years I enjoyed the success that my training and experience had earned me. We ventured out on our own in 2008 after many years working in the motion picture industry as a Catering Chef. I worked on some of Hawaii's biggest film and movie projects such as ABC's "LOST", "North Shore", "You, Me and Dupree" , "29 DOWN" and Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder".
Recent valued clients include NIKE, R.E.I, Michael D. Horikawa Fine Art, Bam L.A, Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Target, Ohana Broadcast Company, Nordstrom and many more.
Co-Owner Patrick Delaney brings many years of management and accounting expertise to the team. Patrick went to high school in Korea and attended George Mason University. He has an Irish / Korean heritage. His continued dedication to the success of the company and advancing our standard are present in everything we do. Patrick and the trust of his family have made it possible to get this company where it is today. I thank them for their support and Aloha.
Our company is based on the belief that our guests wants and desires are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. Experience our Aloha.
4348 Waialae Avenue #543
Honolulu, HI. 96816