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Recognized for his heritage and driven cooking style with California ingredients chef/owner, Ravi Kapur opened Liholiho Yacht Club in January 2015 in San Francisco with rave reviews. Born in Hawaii in 1976 to his Hawaiian-Chinese mother and Indian father, he cultivates the flavors of the diverse and strong food cultures of the islands to create his unique dishes at Liholiho Yacht Club.
In 1998, Kapor moved to San Francisco to attend the California Culinary Academy. After graduation, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and worked at The Compound Restaurant and Coyote Cafe. He then returned to San Francisco and worked at Redwood Park. Next, he joined Nancy Oakes’ Boulevard and worked there for eight years and progressed from cook to sous chef to chef de cuisine. In 2010, he became the executive chef of Boulevard’s sister restaurant, Prospect.
In January 2015, Kapur and his partner, Jeff Hanak of NOPA & Nopalito opened their restaurant in the lower Nob Hill area of San Francisco. The new brick and mortar Liholiho Yacht Club offers hospitality, service and delicious food created from the best ingredients California has to offer in an atmosphere that is fun and energetic. The open kitchen located in the middle of the restaurant provides guests with an entertaining and impressive view of the precision and care that is given to each creation. Liholiho Yacht Club is the playful name used by his Kealoha Uncles in Maui back in the day when their club raised money to fund their hobby of racing Hobie Cats (not yachts). They lived on Liholiho Street (not at the marina).