Joey Macadangdang - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Joey Macadangdang

Joey's Kitchen - Lahaina, HI

Born in the Philippines, Joey Macadangdang grew up working on his family’s farm—a piggery, poultry, and rice business. As a child, not only did he learn to harvest rice, but also how to cook it—which sparked his passion for food. In 1983, he immigrated to Hawaii with his parents and four brothers. At 14, Macadangdang began his culinary journey as a dishwasher at Erick Seafood Grotto, where he moved up to busboy, then cook.

In 1987, Joey made a bold move to Oregon where he worked as a chef under the late prominent businessman Butch Ogawa at Kampai Restaurant in Hood River. Then in 1994, he joined Roy’s Restaurant starting out as a line cook and moving up to sous chef. Named executive chef in 2001, Macadangdang helped to open Roy’s Kihei and additional Roy’s Restaurant locations on Maui. In 2004, the Cohn Restaurant Group sought out the rising chef to open Pineapple Grill on the world-renowned golf course of Kapalua Bay. In 2012, he found his way back to Roy’s Restaurants as a corporate chef and polished his signature Asian-local flair.

Macadangdang took a leap of faith in 2015 to fulfill a dream—opening Joey’s Kitchen in Whaler’s Village Shopping Center. He prides himself on using locally grown, raised, and caught products to create a farm-to-table service.