Lance Kosaka - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


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Lance Kosaka

Top of Waikiki and SKY Waikiki - Honolulu, HI

Lance Kosaka fell in love with food well before he pursued it as a profession. He was lured to the culinary world while growing up in Honolulu attending social gatherings where food brought his friends and family closer together.

Those fond memories shaped him into the Executive Chef he is today. Kosaka enjoys sharing his award-winning Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC) with the world. He is committed to working with farmers throughout the 50th state to seek out the freshest ingredients and to give guests a truly unique dining experience in the heart of Waikiki. He infuses as much locally-grown produce and livestock as possible to create dishes just as memorable as the glittering views from the Top of Waikiki and SKY Waikiki.

For more than two decades, Kosaka steadily worked his way through the culinary ranks starting out as a dishwasher and now oversees a culinary team at the Top of Waikiki – Hawaii’s only revolving restaurant. He spent 17 years at one of the most recognizable names in HRC – Alan Wong’s Restaurants. Kosaka previously served as Executive Chef at the Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Center and Café Julia in Downtown Honolulu.