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Former Maui chef rides wave to Big Island surf restaurant, museum
May 23, 2011 - Carla Tracy
Former Maui chef Scott Lutey will head up the kitchens of the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum, when it opens July 3 at the King’s Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island.
According to the press release, “Eddie Aikau, the inspiring Hawaiian hero and big wave surf legend who was lost at sea in 1978, dared to ‘go’ for the biggest waves, the bravest ocean rescues, and the 2,500-mile trans-Pacific voyage of the sailing canoe Hokulea. Today two Hawaii Island-based companies have partnered to share Eddie’s story and spirit in a new, up-and-coming classic: the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum.”
“We will focus on enhancing the natural flavor of the product, keeping up with food trends, cooking techniques and flavors in Hawaii and around the world—with simple elegance,” says Lutey, Maui born and raised. “Spotlighting excellence in the sustainable local foods that Eddie would have loved, we are already reaching out to farmers, fishermen and ranchers for the best in Hawaii’s food products.”
A veteran waterman, Lutey has made a name for himself on four islands, from the Sea House and Grand Wailea on Maui to First Hawaiian Bank’s Executive Dining Room in Honolulu, to the Sheraton Kauai and Beach House Restaurant, and Tommy Bahama’s restaurant in the Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island.
“Recipient of five Hale Aina Awards and two Ilima Awards, Chef Lutey has been a ‘Featured Chef’ by James Beard and ‘Rising Star’ by Zagat Survey Millennium Edition. He is a Grand Prize winner of the Angostura ‘World Class Taste,’ and two-time champion of the Sam Choy Poke Contest,” states the press release.
“The July 3rd grand opening promises to be a big splash — with special appearances by celebrity pro surfers, top-of-the-charts Hawaiian bands, prizes, specials and surprises. With renovations under way now and exciting plans for the future, Eddie’s will debut during resort-wide Independence Day festivities, including the annual Rubber Duckie Race for Cerebral Palsy, themed ‘Koloa Would Go.’ ”
Businessmen Brandon Lee, Ryan Lee and Keoni Regidor are working to assemble the ultimate collection of memorabilia, surf posters, awards, pictures, surfboards, videos and much more for the restaurant’s surf museum.
The website is coming soon. Try and visit EddieAikauRestaurants.com in coming weeks.
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Former Maui Chef Scott Lutey will head up Eddie's kitchen.