Hawaiian Airlines Upgrades Menu with New Executive Chefs

By Paul Riegler on 2 March 2021
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Hawaiian Airlines announced the appointment of its first team of executive chefs, Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, owners of Honolulu’s MW Restaurant and Artizen.

The married couple will oversee menus prepared for first- and business-class passengers traveling on domestic and international flights.  This includes all first-class meals on flights arriving from the U.S. mainland and menus for all cabins on flights linking the Hawaiian Islands with Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, as well as flights to South Korea.

“Michelle and I are excited about the opportunity to share our passion for food on a global scale and look forward to welcoming Hawaiian’s guests with new menus that represent our home,” said Uekoa in a statement.

Noting that she has flown the airline since childhood, Karr-Uekoa said that, “as a chef, it’s very exciting to think that I now have the opportunity to design its in-flight meals.”

The couple’s MW Restaurant in Oahu, which opened in 2013, was a nominee for the Best New Restaurant category of the James Beard Foundation Awards. Uekoa started his career as a fry cook at Zippy’s Restaurant in Oahu and later worked at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, while Karr-Uekoa, a pastry chef, studied at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at Daniel and Per Se in New York as well as at the French Laundry.

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