HONOLULU (KHON2) — Chef Robynne Mai’i was named the 2022 James Beard Award Winner for the Best Chef – Northwest and Pacific category.

She runs Fete on North Hotel Street in Honolulu. She also runs Heyday on Nohonani Street at the White Sands Hotel in Waikiki.

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Mai’i is the first part Native Hawaiian woman to win the honor.

Her education in the restaurant industry included her culinary and pastry arts degree from Kapiʻolani Community College and a master’s degree in food studies from New York University.

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Her training included working at 3660 on the Rise and Padovani’s Bisto on Oʻahu. She also worked at Union Pacific Restaurant and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.