Best Chef, Winner James McDonald, Pacific'O Address: 505 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761 Phone: 808-667-4341 Website: http://www.pacificomaui.com Visionary in the culinary industry, inspiration to his Maui Community College Culinary program roots, an artist with Hawaiian ingredients as his palette, Chef James McDonald can be proud of his win as Best Chef. Not busy enough with a trio of restaurants, Pacific’o, I’o, and the Feast at Lele in the 505 Front Street Center in Lahaina, Chef James honed in on starting the eight acre O’o farm in Kula, which he uses to supply his restaurants with fresh produce, fruits, herbs and aromatics. Arriving in Hawaii at the young age of 19, Chef James has worked hard to reach celeb chef status, using not just his good looks, but a strong sense of loyalty and a desire to contribute to the community with his knowledge of pacific rim cuisine and business sense.
BEST SEAFOOD, Winner Pacific‘O Restaurant Address: 505 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761 Phone: 808-667-4341 Website: http://www.pacificomaui.com Pacific’O sits right on the beach at 505 Front Street; you can watch the boats come in to Lahaina Harbor from your table. This connection between the ocean and the restaurant is celebrated through their menu, infused with passion by Chef James McDonald. Using the freshest seafood from local sources has inspired Chef McDonald’s dishes, like coconut macadamia nut fish and crispy ahi, but in the end it’s your votes that helped Pacific’O float to the top.