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An award winning chef, Matsubara brings an extraordinary background in the culinary industry to Azure. Under his leadership, Azure received Honolulu Magazine’s 2010 Hale Aina Award for Hawaii’s Best New Restaurant and the 2010 Ilima Award for Hawaii’s Best Restaurants Critics Choice. In 2011, Azure was recognized as Oahu’s Best Restaurant Bronze by Honolulu Magazine. Prior to Azure, Matsubara was most recently an Executive Chef for the Stage Restaurant, where Matsubara was instrumental in the design of the restaurant, wine bar, café and event center. He managed the culinary staff and was responsible for the daily operations of the four outlets.
Chef Matsubara began his culinary career at Roy’s Restaurant, honed his skills as Chef de Cuisine of Canoe House Restaurant in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, served as Chef de Partie in the famed New York kitchens of Restaurant Jean Georges, Tabla, Bouley and Honolulu’s acclaimed Alan Wong’s Restaurant.
Matsubara attended the French Culinary Institute in New York and graduated with distinctions and an award for perfect attendance from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American History.