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Thanks For Having Me, CT

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Bit of a glob trotting, now slightly settled Chef, residing currently just outside of DC in Old Town Fairfax. Born and raised in Hamilton Bermuda, I have lived/worked most recently in Honolulu( I saw kaneohegirl on here, nice to see someone from the 808), Amsterdam where I completed my sommelier training and certifications, Sheffield England, Brussels, Northern France, Virginia Beach, Seattle WA, Vancouver BC, and traveled to many points in between.

 

I currently work as a Cop Support Chef, and help oversee 11 units in Washington DC, one in Philly. We do high end catering, and Executive dining for some of the nations top Law Firms, and also have the United States Institute of Peace, National education Association, and NatGeo. It is a lot of the joys of being a Chef as every unit has a weekly menu that changes for the cafes, Seasonal Catering menus, and while my kitchen time gets a bit limited because of the admin side of things, it is still great to do the food we want, but no late nights, weekends, or holidays. It's a GREAT quality of life, having come from the hotel Industry, and having owned/operated 3 of my own places when I was in Virginia Beach. If you are interested, HERE  and HERE are some shots of what we do.

 

You all seem to have a great forum, a great comprehensive site, and a solid board. I tend to do more lurking, but hope that I can offer input where/when needed, again, thanks for having me!

~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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Aloha Kakahiaka (Good Morning) Jono!

That 808 kinda' gave it away for me!!!

Where did you cook in Honolulu, could I have eaten some of your creations?  The world is a smaller place than we think, right?

Kudos Braddah (or Sista') for supporting our first responders!

Really glad that you're here, as you've already noticed, Chef Talk is fantastic.  I can't tell you how much I have learned as a Home Cook, on that note, no forget us folks, heh.  The three Pro-forums are read only for us not employed in the industry.

And your photos, WOW!  I hope that you will post up more in the Gallery.

When you get a chance, look over the FAQ and Community Guidelines; if you have questions in regards to the website, please PM a Mod or Admin person, as you already know, everyone is most respectful of one another.  We're all here to share our love of all things food.

A hui Hoa (until we meet again), ALOHA!

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Mahalo for the warm welcome, K~girl!

 

While living in Honolulu, I was working as the AM Chef for Arancino Di Mare, at the Marriott Waikiki. The hours were da kine, 5:30AM, to 3:30PM, and in the water by 3:40PM, surf kaisers for a bit, Mai Tai in hand by 5PM, pupus around 6/6:30, and a beautiful sunset, every night. . . I miss it, every. single. day. I also would help with the Beachwalk location, but only once in a blue moon. I was living at Discovery Bay, ala Moana and Hobron, West End of Waikiki, THAT was a blast all by its' self, God I miss it, can ya tell?

I had the chance to also do a guest spot at STAGE, in the Honolulu Design center, and THAT was a blast. The food they are putting out is pretty stellar, imo. I recommend it highly next time you get home.

 

I will be honest, I got off the plane at HNL, and I felt a kindred connection with the island, I never needed a map, or GPS, I knew where I was, I felt more at home than any place I had ever traveled, and it's like I lived there in a prior life, I dunno, but it was just uncanny. Being a Brit Bermuda Boy, I LOVE the island lifestyle, never get/got rock fever, and I love that the seasons, and time just stand still. Surfing all day, Christmas day: LOVE IT. Crispy Roast Pig/pork Belly with shave ice on Thanksgiving: LOVE IT. The Aloha spirit:LOVE IT. I was even made "My Haole boy/cuz" status, in a friendly way, THAT was humbling and made me smile from ear to ear. I LOVE the culture of the islands, and it's the only place I have lived in the US that felt like another country, a million miles away.

 

Thanks for the kind regards about the photos, I have to update my flickr badly, but photography is my hobby, and sometimes side job. I have LOADS of Hawaii shots too, if you re interested, lol.

 

Many Mahalos for the welcome!

~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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~If you are what you eat, I am cheap, fast, and easy.

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ALOHA CUZ!!

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Photos were awesome, so many colors and flavors. You seem to have a nice experience.

Thanks for sharing ! 

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Welcome to Cheftalk 808,

 

Glad you found us. I checked out the pics, they are quite amazing.

 

Looking forward to seeing you around the site.

 

Petals.

Petals
Réalisé avec un soupçon d'amour.

Served Up
(165 photos)
Wine and Cheese
(62 photos)
 
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Petals
Réalisé avec un soupçon d'amour.

Served Up
(165 photos)
Wine and Cheese
(62 photos)
 
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