Isaac Bancaco - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Isaac Bancaco

Ka'ana Kitchen - Wailea, HI

As the executive chef of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Isaac Bancaco actively supports Maui’s farms and farmers—85 percent of the ingredients on his menus is from the island’s top growers, ranchers, and fishermen. Born and raised on Maui of Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and Filipino heritage, Bancaco’s deep-rooted pride in Hawaii’s locally grown and produced goods is on full view in his globally refined dishes that give diners a sense of place and a taste of his island home.

After securing his first cooking position in Massachusetts at Ming Tsai’s acclaimed Blue Ginger, Bancaco competed as Tsai’s sous chef on Iron Chef America in 2005, defeating Bobby Flay in “Kitchen Stadium,” his first loss on home soil.

Bancaco’s awards include Maui Nō Ka Oi Magazine’s Best New Restaurant for Kaana Kitchen and Chef of the Year in 2014. That same year, he was the only chef included in Pacific Business News’ Top 40 Under 40. In 2011, Bancaco was honored as the only chef in Travel Age West’s article Future Faces of Hawaii Tourism and Hawaii Hospitality’s Top Young Chefs to Watch.