Lawrence Nakamoto - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


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Lawrence Nakamoto

Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - Honolulu, HI

NM Honolulu appointed Lawrence Nakamoto as Executive Chef in June 2017 to head the kitchen in the award-winning Mariposa restaurant, located on the specialty retailer’s third floor.  Chef Nakamoto joined the team in 2013 as a line cook and served most recently as the evening Sous Chef before being promoted to Executive Chef.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Chef Nakamoto incorporates flavor profiles from his Asian heritage and combines them with his training in Italian cuisine to add to the Mariposa menu which includes customer favorites as Lobster Club and Chilled King Crab Salad.

Nakamoto received his associate culinary arts degree from Kapiolani Community College in 2008 and has over a decade of experience in the restaurant industry.  His most recent positions before joining Mariposa include Executive Chef at Il Lupino as well as Sous Chef at Kahala Resorts.  Prior to that, Chef Nakamoto spent a combined four years at Elua, Sapori Enoteca and Padovani’s Grill under mentors Philippe Padovani and Donato Loperfido.  His most recent position was at Il Lupino as their Executive Chef.  When he’s not in the kitchen, Nakamoto enjoys cycling and exploring brunch spots around the islands.