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Kevin Nakata

Hawaii Convention Center - Honolulu, HI

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AEG Facilities, the management company of the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC), has named Kevin Nakata as executive chef to lead the center’s in-house culinary team.  As executive chef, Nakata is responsible for the training and management of the Hawaii Convention Center’s esteemed culinary team.  He oversees all food and beverage operations at the center, ensuring a world-class meeting and convention experience for all of HCC’s local, U.S. mainland and international guests through cuisine.

Nakata brings more than twenty-one years of culinary experience to the Hawaii Convention Center, having previously served in executive chef positions at some of the finest restaurants and establishments on Kauai, Maui, and Oahu.  Most recently, he worked as the executive sous chef at The Royal Hawaiian hotel on Oahu, overseeing the food and beverage operations on-property including the Surf Lanai, Mai Tai Bar, as well as banquet events.  While working at The Royal Hawaiian, Nakata successfully organized and managed the production and service of food and beverage for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting events in November 2011.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Nakata earned an associate’s degree in culinary arts from Kapiolani Community College.

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