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Chef Chai Chaowasaree (“Chef Chai”), owner and chef of Singha Thai Cuisine in Waikiki and Chef Chai at Pacifica Honolulu is recognized as one of Hawaii’s top Regional Cuisine chefs. Known for fusing fresh Hawaii ingredients with the exotic flavors of Asia, Chef Chai has created a culinary style that reflects the cultural diversity of Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands.
To further strengthen the partnership with Hawaii’s local farmers and fishermen, Chef Chai co-founded Hawaii Island Chefs (HIC), the second generation of Hawaii Regional Cuisine Chefs. This group of HIC chefs is on a mission to provide the world with the best of Hawaii’s diverse culinary resources from the culture of the people and the bounty of the land and sea.
In addition to running his two restaurants, Chef Chai was named executive chef of Hawaiian Airlines for which he manages more than 15 kitchens worldwide. Chai also hosts the weekly cooking show, “Dining Out with Chai” which airs on Honolulu’s KFVE-5 every Saturday at 5:30 PM, and “Chai’s Choices” on KGMB 9 (CBS).
Chef Chai was voted the winner of the 2011 Hale Aina CHEF’S CHOICE award, selected by Hale Aina Award winning Chefs. Chai's restaurants also have been critiqued and recommended by many international magazines, from Bon Appetite, Brides, Sunset, Cooking Light, Travel & Leisure to Gourmet Magazine and many more.