Hawaiian Airlines has announced its latest cohort of Featured Chefs, which will be overseen by its first Executive Chef duo.
Together, husband-and-wife team Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka will oversee menus from the carrier’s popular onboard Featured Chef Series, as well as curate First Class meals for inbound flights from the US mainland and all cabin menus for flights between Hawaiʻi and Japan, Australia and New Zealand and outbound flights to South Korea.
“Our Featured Chef Series has developed into a top-rated meal program that celebrates the vibrant culinary scene and outstanding agricultural bounty of our islands,” said Renee Awana, Managing Director of Product Development at Hawaiian Airlines. “Lee Anne Wong has played an innovative role in developing this program, and we are thankful for her time as both a featured chef and our executive chef. We offer her our sincere gratitude as she passes the torch to Chef Wade Ueoka and Chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka.”
Now in its sixth year, the Featured Chef Series offers First Class (US mainland) and Business Class (international) guests onboard Hawaiian’s flights the opportunity to enjoy menus designed by a rotating roster of Hawaiʻi’s greatest established and emerging chefs.
The carrier’s Featured Chef Series now includes Robynne Maii of Fête, Dell Valdez of Vein at Kakaʻako (December 2020 – May 2021, First Class – Hawaiʻi to US mainland); Dell Valdez, Vein at Kakaʻako (June – November 2021, First Class – Hawaiʻi to US mainland); Jason Yamaguchi, Mugen Waikiki (December 2021 – May 2022, First Class – Hawaiʻi to US mainland); Chris Kajioka, Miro Kaimuki (June – November 2022, First Class – Hawaiʻi to US mainland); Chang-Wook Chung, Kumsan Restaurant (2016 – 2022, All Cabins – Seoul to Hawai‘i).