Jeffrey Szombaty - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Jeffrey Szombaty

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa - Honolulu, HI

A native of New Jersey, Jeff Szombaty honed his gastronomic skills early in life, working in professional kitchens since he was 16. As an alumnus of the nationally distinguished culinary program at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Szombaty joined the ranks at Hyatt Hotels in 2000. He started crafting his career in the kitchens of Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, and then went onto become the banquet chef at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

In 2010, Jeff began his first post at the famed Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa as the executive sous chef where he managed the renovation and rebranding of the complete outlet culinary program. After helming culinary operations at Hyatt Regency Vancouver, British Columbia, he returned to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa as executive chef in 2017. He leads and directs the culinary division into a new era of gastronomic distinction. His passion for indigenous, seasonal products and sustaining relationships with local vendors and farmers is evident in his style of cuisine, which focuses on simplicity and clarity of flavors. This culinary philosophy has garnered Szombaty numerous awards, accolades, and honors.