CHRIS KAJIOKAs AHI TATAKI FINADENE
Chris Kajioka, a Honolulu native, has never wanted to be anything other than a chef. Hawaii has been pumping out some very creative and talented chefs and chef Chris Kajioka is high on that list. A graduate of Iolani High school he then attended culinary school in New York. After years cooking at restaurants across the country—including the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton and Aziza in San Francisco and Per Se in New York—he returned to his native Hawaii in 2012 to become the Executive Chef at Vintage Cave.
Kajioka’s classical culinary training combined with his affinity for his own heritage results in his own unique style: inventive dishes incorporating techniques from contemporary French cuisine with a distinctly Japanese sensibility. His cooking emphasizes the use of fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients.
At Vintage Cave, Kajioka earned nominations for the James Beard “Rising Star” Award and Food and Wine Magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef”, as well as being awarded a place in the “Top Ten Dishes of 2013” from Food and Wine Magazine.
In 2015, Kajioka joined forces with British chef Anthony Rush and began work on their restaurant, Senia, which opened during fall 2016 in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Senia offers a cuisine that showcases their mutual culinary pedigree, as well as a sense of place, heritage and the spirit of collaboration. We were lucky to get Chef Chris in the Cooking Hawaiian Style kitchen to share with us his Ahi Tataki Finadene recipe.
Add water, rice vinegar, shoyu, yuzu, mirin to a pot on the stove.
Torch jalapeno, pit it and take out seeds, then dice it, add ½ to pot on stove.
Dice cucumber add to pot, Bring it up and let it steep for about 5 minutes.
While waiting, Season ahi with salt and pepper, add oil to pan, then brown quickly take off of fire and let rest