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Kevin Lee

PAI Honolulu - Honolulu, HI


Kevin J. Lee is the executive chef and owner of PAI Honolulu. His passion for cooking started with his grandmother in San Francisco and from a young age, he dreamed of becoming a chef and owning his own restaurant.  Leereceived his Bachelors in Food Science from the University of California, Davis and degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he graduated with honors. Then spent 7 years of working in New York restaurants - Tabla, an upscale Indian restaurant; Oceana, a seafood restaurant; and was the Sous Chef at Dovetail when they received their first, coveted Michelin Star. Wanting to learn more, Chef Lee then traveled throughout Europe and staged in Hong Kong for 6 months at 3 Michelin Star and top 100 restaurants in the world - Bo Innovation. While on vacation in Hawaii to visit a former CIA classmate, Lee was offered an opportunity to be the opening Chef de Cuisine at Prima in Kailua, where he was given the creative freedom to truly define his own style.

After a few years at Prima, Lee decided it was time to open his own concept. After four long years of persistently searching for the perfect location, he found it in the lobby of the beautiful Harbor Court. Here, Chef Lee’s philosophy of introducing quality, international flavors and ingredients, in a familiar way, is truly manifested through his dishes.  PAI Honolulu received its name from the Olelo Hawaii Hoopai, which means to excite, encourage, raise up, and rouse. Lee’s vision is to create a welcoming restaurant, where guests can enjoy great food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere and truly demonstrates through his plates, innovation that excites not only your taste buds but also your heart. Every dish is intellectually and passionately created then carefully presented. We welcome you to join us at PAI Honolulu and experience a cuisine that captures and reflects the life and experiences of our team.

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