Mark Pomaski - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Mark Pomaski

Moon and Turtle - Hilo, HI

Chef Mark Pomaski got his professional start in the kitchen of Shiki, a Japanese restaurant in Eugene, Oregon. While there, Pomaski met Tetsuya Ozaki, a third-generation sushi chef from Osaka, and went from working the line in the kitchen to the sushi bar. Under Ozaki-san, Pomaski not only learned the fundamentals of sushi but the craft of fine Japanese knife skills. After leaving Shiki, he worked in Seattle before making his way back home to the islands.

In 2007, he was hired on as the head sushi chef for Roy’s Restaurants’ newest location in Waikiki. He became the corporate sushi chef for the company and helped build and maintain the sushi program for all Roy’s Hawaii restaurants. In 2011, Mark and his wife Soni moved to New York City where he worked as a sushi chef for Nobu 57.

Then in 2013, Pomaski and family moved back to his hometown—Hilo—to take over the Full Moon Café, a Thai restaurant. Revamped with a new name and international menu with a Pacific emphasis and a strong focus on fresh and raw fish, Moon and Turtle has become one of Hawai‘i Island’s destination eateries.