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Inside Chef Mavro’s kitchen

In preparation for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, here’s a look inside the kitchen of Chef Mavro

Posted August 31, 2012 by Ed Morita

Recently, I got to step inside the kitchen of James Beard award-winning chef George “Chef Mavro” Mavrothalassitis.

I visited Chef Mavro—the only independently owned restaurant in Hawaii to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating—to learn about the dish he’ll be serving at the upcoming Cuisines of the Stars: A Magical Journey of Food & Culture at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

I tasted the dish at a special cheese dinner at the Naked Cow Dairy last month. The mochi-crusted catch-of-the-day with citrus-sansho sauce, asparagus and asparagus puree is by far one of my favorite dishes on Mavro’s current summer menu.

The citrus-sansho sauce brings out the flavor of the crispy white fish, which flakes apart with the slightest pressure of a fork. However, for me, the asparagus puree is the highlight of the dish.

The texture of the puree is such that I initially thought that it was a potato base, which is why I was surprised when Mavro explained how simple the recipe is, consisting of just asparagus, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Here’s my complete interview in a video I shot for the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

Know Your Chef: Chef Mavro


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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