Robynne Maii

Fête - Honolulu, HI

Robynne Maii, a native of Honolulu, proudly wears multiple hats as the chef and owner of the acclaimed restaurant Fête in Honolulu’s vibrant Chinatown. Her journey began with a diverse educational background, graduating from Punahou and Iolani School before pursuing modern dance and English at Middlebury College. However, her passion for culinary arts led her back home to Kapiolani Community College, where she earned degrees in both culinary and pastry arts.

Maii’s culinary adventure took off at Kaimuki’s 3660 on the Rise, under the mentorship of Chef Russell Siu. She then honed her skills at Padovani’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Waikiki, transitioning to a full-time pastry cook role under Chef Pierre Padovani. Her journey then led her to New York, where she earned a master’s degree in food studies from New York University and gained valuable experience at esteemed establishments like Union Pacific and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Throughout her career, Maii’s passion for culinary education has shone brightly. She contributed to Gourmet Magazine, worked at Kitchen Arts & Letters Bookstore, and played a pivotal role in developing and teaching culinary programs at The Art Institute of New York City and CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College.

In 2022, Maii’s culinary talents were recognized with the prestigious James Beard Award Foundation Best Chef for the Northwest and Pacific Region, marking her as the first Hawaii-born recipient in 19 years and the first Native Hawaiian woman to receive this honor.

Robynne Maii’s culinary journey is a testament to her dedication, passion, and commitment to elevating Hawaiian cuisine on the national stage.

PARTICIPATING EVENTS

Lucky Dragon with Martin Yan & Friends

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

October 18, 2024

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