Four Seasons Hualālai Chef Fest Begins

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Four Seasons Resort Hualālai announces Chef Fest, a celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences. Photo Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai will hold its Chef Fest, part of the Four Seasons Food and Wine Series, from Nov. 9 though 11, 2016.

The event, a celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences, features some of today’s top celebrity chefs coming together to cook, teach and entertain in an intimate and relaxed beach setting.

Massimo Falsini (executive chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai) welcomes an impressive lineup of award-winning celebrity guest chefs, including:

Matthew Accarrino (SPQR – San Francisco); Michelin Star; Food & Wine Best New Chefs; author of SPQR cookbook

Chris Hastings (Hot and Hot Fish Club, OvenBird – Birmingham, Alabama); James Beard Award; Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence; Iron Chef America; author of The Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook)


Jessica Koslow (Sqirl, Sqirl Away – Los Angeles, California); Star Chefs Rising Star; Eater L.A.’s Chef of the Year; author of Everything I want to Eat (2016)

Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, LudoBird – Los Angeles, California); Chevalier de Arts des Lettres award; Relais & Chateaux – World’s 50 Greatest Chefs; The Taste, Top Chef Masters; author of LudoBites, Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre and Crave, A Feast of the Five Senses

George Mendes (Aldea, Lupulo – New York City); Michelin Star; Food & Wine Best New Chefs, Top Chef Masters; author of My Portugal: Recipes and Stories

Seamus Mullen (Tertulia, El Colmado, El Colmado Butchery – New York City, Sea Containers – London); Chopped, The Next Iron Chef; author of Hero Food

Cyrille Pannier (executive chef, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills)


Christof Syre (executive chef, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas)

Master Sommeliers Roberto Viernes and Richard Betts from Southern Wine & Spirits will be on hand for wine events and dinners, as well as noted mixologists Julie Reiner and Kyle Reutner.

“Chef Fest is such a special week here at the Resort, where our guests are able to experience the flavors, talents and personalities of some very special guest chefs, wine and spirits experts,” said Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. “The energy and excitement is in the air, and these events are truly some of the most fun, intimate and indulgent experiences available anywhere—only matched by the setting and aloha of Hualālai.”

Schedule Subject to Change

Wednesday, Nov. 9
6: p.m. – Chef Fest Grand Tasting: Join and mingle with our guest chefs as they attend action stations, each presenting small plates paired with wine. This reception-style event is a chance to meet the chefs, winemakers and partners of Chef Fest (as well as local farmers) and taste the bounty of Hawai‘i Island. Hoku Amphitheater, $85


Thursday, Nov. 10
8 a.m. – Paddle (stand-up and outrigger) and Brunch with chefs. Alaka’i Nalu, $50
11 a.m. – Interactive Cooking Class with Chris Hastings. ‘ULU, $95
2 p.m. – Interactive Cooking Class with Seamus Mullen. ‘ULU, $95
4 p.m. – Rare Wine Tasting of BOND Estates with director Scott Gould. ‘ULU, $250
6 p.m. – Chef Fest Reception & Dinner (Matthew Accarrino, Ludo Lefebvre, George Mendes, Cyrille Pannier and Massimo Falsini.) Beach Tree, $175 with wine

Friday, Nov 11
11 a.m. – Interactive Cooking Class & Lunch with Matthew Accarrino. Beach Tree, $95
2 p.m. – Interactive Cooking Class with George Mendes, ‘ULU, $95
6 p.m. – Chef Fest Reception & Beach Cookout (Chris Hastings, Jessica Koslow, Seamus Mullen, Christof Syre and Massimo Falsini.) Kumukea Beach, $175 with wine and cocktails

Saturday, Nov. 12
11:30 a.m. – Interactive Cooking Class with Ludo Lefebvre, ‘ULU, $95
2 p.m. – Interactive Cooking Class with Jessica Koslow, ‘ULU, $95
6 p.m. – Chef Fest Reception, Gala Dinner & After-Party featuring all chefs and guest winemaker. ‘ULU, $250 with wine

This year’s sponsors include HILuxury; Patrón; Southern Wine & Spirits; Stolichnaya; and United Airlines. More information on Chef Fest can be found at www.foodandwinehualalai.com.

For reservations, call (888) 340-5662 toll-free, contact your travel professional (chain code FS) or visit the resort online.

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