Michelle Bernstein
Michelle Bernstein

As part of its Global Master Chef Series, Kapiʻolani Community College will feature the acclaimed haute cuisine of Chef Michelle Bernstein, November 7 and 8, at the college’s Lēʻahi Concept Kitchen, located in the Waikīkī Parc Hotel.

A James Beard Award Winner (Best Chef South 2008), Bernstein’s cooking is described as sublime.

“You don’t need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to make a dish work,” Bernstein says. “It’s about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity.”

Event information

  • Date: November 7 and 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is from 6:30 p.m.
  • Price: Cost per person is $125, or $150 with beer and wine pairing.
  • Reservations: please call or email Priscilla Mathewson at (808) 971-6302.

A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, Bernstein graduated from high school at a young age of 16 and moved to New York City to study dance. When an injury cut her career short as a ballerina, she returned to Miami to study culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University.

Bernstein says, “My style of cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it’s the simple, soulful cooking that I remember from my travels. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners.”

The price fixe menu

  • Canape: Rabo encendido tostada, pickled vegetable salad
  • First course: Octopus on the plancha, sopa de almendras, fennel and orange salad
  • Fish course: ʻŌpakapaka, shishito peppers, leeks braised with chorizo, mojo de ajo
  • Main course: Roast free range chicken roulade; apple and foie gras filling, cider gastric, crunchy brussels
  • Dessert: Banana tres leches, bourbon gel, candied corn flakes

Read more at the news release. For additional information, please visit the Lēʻahi Concept Kitchen website.

—By Louise Yamamoto