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Isaac Bancaco

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - Wailea, HI

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In the spirit harmonizing of flavor, locally grown ingredients & globally refined technique, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort's Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco (Kaana Kitchen, 2014's "Best New Restaurant" by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine) pays tribute to his stout Maui roots (Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino).  In addition, Bancaco has been named the 2014 Aipono Awards "Chef of the Year," by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine.  2014 also garnered him Pacific Business News Top 40 Under 40, the only chef in PBN's 2014 class.  In 2011 Bancaco was honored as the only chef in Travel Age West's, "Future Faces of Hawaii Tourism" and "Top Young Chefs to Watch" by Hawaii Hospitality.  As an active player in supporting Maui's farms and farmers, Bancaco displays a perfectly balanced menu of locally sourced components at the chic Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.  He now flaunts using 85% from the islands top growers, ranchers, and fishermen.  After securing his first cooking position at the acclaimed Blue Ginger under Ming Tsai, Bancaco competed as Tsai's sous chef on "Iron Chef America" defeating Bobby Flay in "Kitchen Stadium," his first defeat on home soil.  Born and raised on Maui, Bancaco possesses deep rooted pride in Hawaii's locally grown and produced goods giving diners a paralleled sense of place and a taste of his island home.

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