"I think most chefs don't do much cooking at home," reasons homeowner Seiji Kumagawa, chef/owner of Sushi Sasabune.
...It wasn't just any sushi, of course, but an elegant dinner at the upscale Sushi Sasabune, personally prepared by chef/owner Seiji Kumagawa.
Hickox was designing the chef's new Kahala Kua home, and Kumagawa
wanted to show the vice president of Homeworks Construction a few of his own creations.
, who leaves for work at eight in the morning and returns home after midnight, wanted a quiet and intimate retreat for himself, his
wife Tomoko, who also works at the restaurant, and their two cats.The kitchen, understandably, was not a priority.
"I think most chefs don't do much cooking at home.We do all of that at the restaurant," says Kumagawa
, smiling."I'm hardly in the kitchen, except maybe to get water or beer.I don't even know where the coffee cups are."
Still, Hickox and Kumagawa
reasoned that the kitchen, while small, should be able to accommodate the demands of the occasional large party.
, did want a spacious master bath with a number of luxury features.Photo: Macario
Kumagawa's one mandate for his
home was that Hickox design and build large and fully equipped bathrooms.On his
feet all day, the chef wanted to be able to take a nice long soak before bedtime.A Jacuzzi tub was a must, as was an ocean view."The furo is very important to the Japanese," says Kumagawa
, "The views from everywhere in the house are perfect."Photo: Macario
"Our only day off is Sunday, and we just like to be completely relaxed when we're at home," says Kumagawa