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The Good Taste Series - Dishes for Wishes for Make-A-Wish Hawaii


June 28, 2016

Laurabeth Merritt
Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
808-537-3118 ext. 128


Hyatt hosts a night of wine and food from some of the area’s greatest chefs. 


HONOLULU, HI (June 28, 2016) – Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa’s Executive Chef Sven Ullrich, invites the public to purchase tickets to Dishes for Wishes, a benefit for Make-A-Wish® Hawaii.  The one-night-only, five-course dinner, on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. will feature a menu with creations from four accomplished chefs: Lee Anne Wong, Chai Chaowasaree, and two Michelin star newcomers, Takeshi Kawasaki and Japengo’s own, Joseph Rose. The evening includes an extraordinary reception - The Good Taste Series competition - starring seven up-and-coming Hyatt chefs from the Western Pacific Region who will vie for Hyatt’s third annual The Good Taste Series cook-off title.  During the chef challenge, guests will be asked to review and vote for their favorite dishes. This is an intimate setting and seating is limited. Tickets are $500 per person.  The dinner will be held on the SHOR terrace, third floor Diamond Head Tower, at 2424 Kalakaua Avenue.  Payment is required at time of reservation and may be made by calling (808) 237-6166. 

“The mission of Make-A-Wish Hawaii is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy,” says Ullrich. “Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is celebrating 10 years of granting wishes through its Swing for Wishes golf tournament.  We wanted to highlight this special milestone by raising additional funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish Hawaii.  All of the chefs participating are talented and amazing individuals who support our local farms, businesses and nonprofits and they have agreed, along with our wine partners at Southern, to donate all the proceeds from this culinary celebration to help make wishes come true for local keiki.”    

About the Chefs: 

Chef Chai Chaowasaree: Thai-born Chef Chai Chaowasaree started in the restaurant business as a child, purchasing products from the local farmers market for his parents’ restaurant. Today he is one of Hawaii’s most renowned chefs and restaurateurs. He is perhaps most recognized from his TV show “Dining Out with Chai”. Chaowasaree also serves as executive chef of Hawaiian Airlines, helping to design the in-flight meals with wine pairings by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya. Having previously cooked for Hawaii’s governor, the prime ministers of Thailand and Indonesia, and the King and Queen of Malaysia, Chaowasaree is a fitting ambassador for Hawaii’s culinary movements, young and old. 

Chef Takeshi Kawasaki: Hokkaido-born Chef Takeshi Kawasaki started his career in sushi at the age of 15, after losing his mother. Attending high school during the day, he spent his evenings learning the trade at a local sushi restaurant. After graduation, he relocated to Kyoto for college, where he continued to work part time at a sushi restaurant. Completing his degree in Kyoto, Kawasaki decided to return home, where he took on a position at the esteemed Sushi Zen in Susukino for 10 years. Patiently waiting for the right window of opportunity, he launched his restaurant Maru Sushi in 1987, and quickly gained a reputation for his premium ingredients and impeccable technique. This eventually led him to earn his first Michelin star in 2011. Earlier this year, he left his restaurant in Hokkaido to his son, and moved to Hawaii to open another Maru Sushi on Kalakaua Avenue near Kapiolani, which is slated for this Fall. 

Chef Joseph Rose: Hailing from Chicago, a leading culinary hub known for its innovative gastronomy, Chef Joseph Rose brings with him a reputation for helming the kitchens of some of the City’s most esteemed restaurants. After a promising start at West Paces Hotels/Hotel 71, Rose’s prominence soared as the Chef de Cuisine at Sixteen in the Trump International Hotel & Tower, where he helped the establishment earn a Michelin Star in 2011.  Other notable experiences include having served as the Chef de Cuisine for The Pump Room at Public Chicago and then as the Executive Chef for Lockwood Restaurant and Bar at the Palmer House Hilton, where he garnered the Four Diamond AAA Dining awards for two consecutive years.  Rose later helped create a new restaurant concept at the luxury Arista hotel in Naperville, IL, and finally went on to serve as the Executive Chef at the Gwen Hotel, a luxury Collection Property, before moving to the Aloha State. 

Chef Lee Anne Wong: Since trading in her burgeoning fashion career for the culinary world, Chef Lee Anne Wong, has been bringing her modern-global fusion cuisine to the people. Born and raised in Troy, New York, Lee Anne, a 2nd generation Chinese-American, was not drawn to the kitchen but instead favoring sports. In December 2013, Lee Anne made the giant move from New York City to Honolulu, HI, to open up Koko Head Cafe, an island style brunch house. Whether via TV, web, in print, or in person, Chef Lee Anne Wong continues to bring her global cuisine to the public as she explores new and exciting areas of the culinary world.  


About Make-A-Wish® Hawaii 
Since 1982, Make-A-Wish Hawaii has granted life-changing wishes to over 13,000 wish kids and their families. The Hawaii chapter is among the busiest in the nation as it not only grants wishes to keiki on all islands, it also coordinates and hosts the wishes of children from around the world who wish to see Hawaii.  

The Make-A-Wish Hawaii chapter aims to grant the wish of each and every Hawaii child with a life-threatening medical condition, and each year the power of a wish extends beyond the children served, into communities at large. With more than 700 volunteers and more than 200 business partners statewide, wishes bring people together and spread hope, strength and joy to all involved. 

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit or call 808-537-3118. 


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About Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa 

Balanced between the idyllic beauty of the legendary Waikiki Beach and the dynamic city center, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a vibrant destination combining relaxation and adventure with true Hawaiian hospitality. Each of the 1,230 guestrooms, including 19 suites, offers Hawaiian elegance and private lanai with panoramic beach, mountain, and city views. With an unrivaled location just steps from world-famous waves, the resort affords effortless exploration of the island’s attractions, from Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium, to world-class shopping, sophisticated dining and expert surfing lessons. Offering endless amenities including luxurious treatments at the 10,000 square foot Na Ho’ola Spa, StayFit Fitness Center, swimming pool overlooking Waikiki Beach, one of Waikiki’s biggest breakfast buffets at SHOR, Hawaii Regional Cuisine at Japengo, tropical cocktails at SWIM, and more than 60 boutiques on site. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach promises Hawaiian-style excitement paired with the warmth of authentic Aloha spirit.  


For more information regarding Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, please contact the resort by phone at (808) 923-1234, or visit the resort website at:


About Hyatt Regency  

Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings. 

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