...Philippe Padovani Award-winning Chef Philippe Padovani brings more than 35 years of culinary experience to Padovani's Restaurant & Wine Bar.
has an impressive resume, which includes opening several resort hotels in Hawai'i and work in some of the world's top restaurants.Born in Marseilles, France, Chef Padovani
was only nine months old when his
family moved to Australia.Raised in the Australian outback, he
moved back to France in 1968 and soon began his
apprenticeship under Georges Acchini and Gilbert Battard at "Les Mesanges" restaurant in Montbonnot, in the suburbs of Grenoble.He
then worked at some of the world's top restaurants: La Wurtzmuhle (Strasbourg), La Pyramide (Vienne), La Mere Blanc (Vonnas), and worked side by side with such celebrated chefs as Michel Rostang and Georges Blanc.When he
took over the kitchen at Restaurant La Tour Rose in 1983, he
promptly achieved acclaim.Chef Padovani arrived in Hawai'i in 1984 as the consultant of the famed La Mer restaurant in the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki where after two years doing consulting work he was named Executive Chef in 1986.By 1988 he was named Corporate Chef and remained so until 1990 when he moved to the Big Island to open the Ritz-Carlton Mauna Lani (now the Orchid at Mauna Lani).From there he moved to the Manele Bay Hotel on Lana'i in 1992 where he was named Executive Chef.
finally moved back to Oahu in 1998 to open Padovani's Bistro, the predecessor of his
is one of the original twelve members of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Inc.
, a coalition of Hawaii's most celebrated chefs formed to celebrate the remarkable diversity and sophistication of food in Hawai'i.Taking advanvantage of the freshness and array of Island produce, and combining this with the bounty of seafood available in Hawai'i, Chef Padovani
brings an elegant French twist to the hawaii Regional Cuisine equation.
Classic Hawaiian dishes, such as poke, are transformed by Chef Padovani
into a unique fusion of flavors.Equally comfortable with Asian flavors, having studied Thai cooking in Bangkok, he
adds sophisticated French touch to Asian curry dishes.His
culinary creations are sophisticated and sublime by rich in French cooking tradition.
Chef Philippe Padovani
was a participant of the World Gourmet Summit 2002 in Singapore.He
was one of only ten chefs worldwide invited to an international showcase of the best of food and wine.The event featured culinary masterclasses, vintner dinners, wine masterclasses and activities such as the Masterchef Safari
and the James Beard Foundation Charity Dinner.
...Chef Philippe Padovani's participation in culinary events:Founding Chef: Big Island Bounty (The Ritz-Carlton Mauna Lani) Guest Chef: Honolulu Wine festival (Lupus Foundation of Hawai'i) Guest Chef: French Festival of Hawai'i (Royal hawaiian Shopping Center)