May 5, 2016 | 75° | Check Traffic

Top News

Former French Laundry chef to lead Vintage Cave

  • NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COMThis six- to eight-seat table is in one of four dining rooms within Vintage Cave Honolulu. It’s graced by a handmade Swarovski crystal chandelier.
    NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARADVERTISER.COM
    This six- to eight-seat table is in one of four dining rooms within Vintage Cave Honolulu. It’s graced by a handmade Swarovski crystal chandelier.

Jonathan Mizukami, a former sous chef under Thomas Keller at the award-winning French Laundry restaurant in California, will return to Hawaii to become executive chef at Vintage Cave.

The Maui-born Mizukami will succeed Chris Kajioka, following his previously announced July 31 departure.

Mizukami’s resume includes work under globally known chef Ferran Adria during the final year of the El Bulli restaurant in Spain. Adria is considered by many to be the father of the molecular gastronomy style of cuisine.

He also did stages at Per Se in New York City, Alinea in Chicago, The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal in England, and Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant in London. Stages are short stints of a day to a few weeks, and give the participating culinarian insight into a restaurant, its culinary style, operations and work-culture. Being accepted into a kitchen for such a program is considered an honor.

“We are blessed to bring Jonathan Mizukami back home to Hawaii to share his vast knowledge of fine gastronomy,” said Charles Yoshida, general manager, in a statement. “I have had the pleasure of working with him at Alan Wong’s when he was just beginning his career, and I am thrilled to see how his style has evolved after working with a number of culinary icons,” he said.

Vintage Cave officials soon will announce the restaurant’s new sushi kaiseki chef for the soon-to-open sushi salon in the former Investors’ Club space.

No comments
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.