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Kaimana Chee

Chef Ambassador


Chef Kaimana Chee was born and raised in the small towns of Hau’ula and La’ie, HI, on the north shore of O’ahu. In 2007, Kaimana opened Sava’s Lunch wagon, serving the north shore and windward O’ahu. Shortly after, Kaimana moved to the east coast to expand his culinary skills. In 2011, Kaimana was selected as one of the top 100 home cooks in America to compete in Gordon Ramsay’s Masterchef.Upon returning to the east coast, he was hired as Chef Instructor at DC’s premier recreational cooking school, CulinAerie.

In 2014, Kaimana appeared on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games as a Chef Contestant. In 2015, he was selected as Macy’s Featured Chef of the Cherry Blossom Festival and won the coveted title of theSmithsonian’s NMAI Native Chef of the Year. In 2016, Kaimana appeared on Alton Brown’s CutthroatKitchen and became the first chef in show’s history to win the competition without receiving a single sabotage from his chef opponents.

Aside from teaching at CulinAerie, Kaimana owns a small catering company, Kaimana’s Katering, where he specialises in Hawaiian Lu’au, Sushi Making, and Asian Fusion cuisine. In 2016, he becameChef/Culinary Concierge for Just Egg, formerly known as Hampton Creek. Now, Chef Kaimana practices his craft at his full-service restaurant and bar, Uncle’s Hawaiian Grindz, located in Fallston, Maryland and as Chef Ambassador at Blue California’s family of brands, including Sweegen and Sensegen.