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chefs by nature with chef Melissa King

Melissa King


We are thrilled to welcome Chef Melissa King. King is a proud Chinese American queer woman and winner of Top Chef All Stars. She holds the most challenge wins over any competitor in the history of the show. She is the host of “Tasting Wild", the National Geographic docuseries on Hulu and has guest judged Bravo’s Top Chef series and the Food Network’s The Julia Child Challenge.  She’s the owner of King sauce and an activist for the LGBTQ and Asian communities.

chefs by nature

A special culinary series

Designed to celebrate our local farmers, ranchers and growers and the natural abundance of Kaua’i— hosted by the world’s most celebrated chefs, who’ll each visit us from across the globe. Our Chefs by Nature will collaborate with our culinary team to learn more about local ingredients and traditional techniques, develop featured dishes on our 1 Kitchen menu, teach master cooking classes for guests, and host charity dinners in support of the Kaua’i Community College Culinary Arts Program—helping emerging local chefs bring even more artistry to the island.

Bringing Island Flavors to Life

From moonlight kitchen nights to Top Chef All-Stars, Melissa King’s culinary journey is full of delightful surprises. Join us as she shares her story and shapes our Chefs by Nature retreat at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay.

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