Honolulu gets a Tour d’Argent chef

After more than a year’s search, Halekulani has finally found a new chef de cuisine for  La Mer—Alexandre Trancher. He comes from La Tour d’Argent in the New Otani Tokyo, where he was executive chef, and before that he was the sous chef at the storied La Tour d’Argent in Paris. He’s already made his mark on Honolulu’s bastion of formal French dining. Continue reading Honolulu gets a Tour d’Argent chef

Meet Vikram Garg

Vikram Garg prepares to toast a spice.It’s not often that a new cooking talent comes to town (aside from the chefs at the battery of Japanese spots constantly opening), and boy have we received a big one. Last month the Halekulani had a press event in the kitchen of La Mer—a meet-n-taste with the hotel’s new executive chef Vikram Garg.

I thought: Didn’t I get a press release back in October announcing his appointment? During that time chef Garg has been getting settled, finding his sources, learning about the Hawai‘i culinary vernacular. And this little coming out party had everyone asking: When will new Garg menus be unveiled? Continue reading “Meet Vikram Garg”