Mala Ocean Tavern - Lahaina, HI
Alvin Savella, is a nationally acclaimed Maui Chef and Executive Chef for local restaurant group Mala Ocean Tavern, Down The Hatch, and Breakwall Shave Ice Co. Chef Savella, known as “The Kitchen Assassin” throughout Maui and to his large media following, is a true Maui local, born and raised on the island, hailing from Lahaina.
After culinary school, Savella honed his craft for 10 years in Los Angeles, California while working for a wide variety of Chef’s. In 2012, Savella moved back home to find himself working at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua and eventually taking on Chef de Cuisine at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a at the Grand Wailea. Due to Covid, Savella’s displacement left him open to new opportunities. After several guest Chef appearances at Mala Ocean Tavern, the opportunity came to fruition to be the Executive Chef of the popular oceanfront eatery.
Chef Alvin Savella is known for his inventive approach to cuisine. As Executive Chef of Mala Ocean Tavern, Chef Savella has begun to steer the oceanfront restaurant on a new journey with menus featuring an array of innovative dishes, all highlighting Hawaii’s freshest produce and sourcing local proteins. When asked about what lured him to come into his role, Chef Savella said “To take the next step for myself as an Executive Chef and to take over the kitchens of staple restaurants in my hometown of Lahaina. I’m excited to shape MALA’s own culinary identity and allow MALA to shine brighter than ever before.”