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Chef Keith Kong, Basalt Waikiki

Born and raised on Oahu, Keith has worked in top kitchens across California, including the Four Seasons Resort in Newport Beach and the highly acclaimed Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. After 10 years on the mainland, Keith returned home to Honolulu and became Executive Chef of a number of well-regarded restaurants including Gordon Biersch, Matteo’s, and the Kilauea Lodge.

In 2001, Keith took over the helm of Duke’s Waikiki as their Executive Chef. During his tenure of 15 years, he guided this property to becoming one of the highest grossing restaurants in the country. Over the years, Duke’s was frequently granted a number of Hale Aina Awards (Honolulu Magazine) and Reader’s Choice Awards (Hawaii Magazine), including Best Restaurant, Best Buffet, and Best Place to Take Visitors.

In April 2017, Keith decided to take on a new challenge as the Executive Chef leading the team in the opening of the hotly-anticipated Basalt Restaurant at Duke’s Lane Market and Eatery, in Waikiki.

Chef Marc Freiberg, Green Apron HI

Marc Anthony Freiberg was the Executive Chef at Neiman Marcus at Ala Moana for the past 10 years, featuring the Mariposa restaurant. He was also a featured chef in the 2015 and 2016 Hawaii Food & Wine Festivals, alongside Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong, and other celebrity chefs. Freiberg has traveled the world gaining knowledge and experience, which he believes is key to a successful chef. He had the great opportunity to train in Milan, Italy where he enjoyed the simple philosophy of seasonal cooking using local ingredients. He is always challenged himself to cook healthily, and now more than ever. Staying ahead of the curve, he is utilizing his talent to create heart healthy meals that would benefit anyone.

In March of 2017, Chef Marc launched Green Apron HI, a catering service specializing in plant-based meal delivery. He understands the importance of healthy eating and how valuable everybody’s time is. Chef Marc is looking forward to contributing to a healthier and tastier Hawaii!

Chef Moumen El Hajji, Pur Sina Hawaii

Moumen El Hajji has over 30 years of experience in the catering and restaurant industry in Hawaii. He brings his world travels to the kitchen with inspiration coming from Italy, France, Malta, Peru, Turkey, and his birth-place Morocco. Using the incredible resources from Hawaii’s farms and the Pacific Ocean, along with exceptional epicurean specialties from around the world, he creates unique, beautiful, and modern cuisine. Moumen provides exquisite meals to the Private Aviation industry with his company Pacific Catering with clients ranging from Heads of States to celebrities who fly him around the world to fulfill their culinary needs. Moumen has recently set out on an all-new adventure with Pur Sina Hawaii at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.