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Alan Wong has such a compelling culinary touch that whenever Oahu-born President Obama comes home for a visit, he makes a point of dining at the chef’s namesake restaurant. Now, Wong is bringing his talents to Maui, where his newest restaurant is targeted for a spring 2012 debut at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Resort.
Dubbed Amasia, the new eatery promises a menu inspired by traditional Asian street food dishes using ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen.
Wong and Grand Wailea agreed that the chef would take over the resort’s Japanese restaurant, Kincha, which has been closed since 2009 and is currently undergoing a $2 million renovation.
The name Alan Wong is synonymous with Hawaii Regional Cuisine. As one of the founders of that trailblazing culinary movement, he is known for merging various ethnic cooking styles and techniques into cohesive and tasty dishes highlighting locally grown products. In 1996, he received the James Beard award for Best Chef of the Year in his region.
Amasia is Wong’s third restaurant in Hawaii. Along with Alan Wong’s restaurant on King Street in Honolulu, he oversees the Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Center, also on Oahu.
According to Wong, opening a restaurant on Maui has always been a dream that he looks forward to finally accomplishing in partnership with Grand Wailea, a 40-acre southwest Maui resort.
“Our goal has always been to have our guests taste Hawaii,” said Wong. “We want to embrace that same philosophy in Wailea. I’m looking forward to developing relationships with the local Maui farmers, inspired by the great products they have to offer, as we unveil a new menu concept for us.”
Matt Bailey, managing director of Grand Wailea, said he was thrilled to welcome Wong and his organization to the hotel.
“We strive to offer the best to our guests, and Alan is exactly that,” said Bailey. “He’s a master chef.”