Chef Allen Hess

A favorite Chef, among chefs.

That’s Allen Hess. Known among locals, chefs, and celebrities in the industry as a grounded, innovative spirit with a passion for his family and the ‘Aina (“land”) he calls home. He is modernizing Hawai’i Regional cuisine but preserving its local-source, farm-to-table practices for the future.

Allen is a seasoned hands-on ambassador. Hawai’i Regional cuisine is about dining close to the land, experiencing the real Hawai’i- its seasonal tastes and textures. Sometimes it means getting out of the kitchen. He visits farms & ranches, hunts and fishes, builds friendships and immerses guests.

Food Network star Tyler Florence went on his first Boar Hunt. Top Chef Season 6 Winner Michael Voltaggio suited up for Tako (“octopus”) diving. He even invited half a dozen celebrity chefs including Chef Aaron Sanchez and the Bromberg Brothers (Blue Ribbon Restaurants) on the precarious journey down into Waipi’o Valley. A tale documented in the Huffington Post. As one put it, “This guy is one of the best chefs I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing!”

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Check out Allen’s recipes and gallery of memorable dishes.

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Product collaborations and events with Allen.

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Discover a range of dining experiences sourced throughout the Island.

Media & Features

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If you know Big Island, you know Allen Hess. – Frolic Hawaii

A sensation among the second wave of island chefs. – San Francisco Chronicle

A collective of Hawai‘i’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants have committed to bring local ingredients to the center of the plate. – Hawaii News Now

Chef Allen Hess weighs in on Hawaii's food scene
Chef Allen is no stranger to Hawaii’s food scene, seen here weighing in at a local media event in Waikoloa Beach Resort, Big Island.

Recognized by American Culinary Foundation, Kona-Kohala Chapter 2018 for ongoing efforts to perpetuate Hawai’i’s local food culture.

Best Chef’s America, Peer nominated and Accepted #BestChef 2017

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef’s Tour, Participant 2014

Slow Food Conference, Torino, Italy, Hawaii Delegate 2010

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