The Chefs of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Executive Chef Rio Miceli

Soon after joining the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel culinary team in 2015, Chef Rio was tasked with utilizing his full breadth and width of talent to develop a fun “sharable plates” concept and menu for the hotel’s new Copper Bar. He was responsible for planning and directing food preparations, while supervising kitchen staff and developing menus. Within a year, Miceli was promoted from Sous Chef to Chef de Cuisine for the hotel.

Promoted in 2017 to Executive Sous Chef, and Executive Chef in 2018,  he is responsible for restaurant menu development and preparation throughout the hotel’s dining outlets while ensuring innovation and quality.

Born and raised in Hawi, Hawaii, Miceli began his career as a line cook at Bamboo Restaurant. He continued honing his culinary skills in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.

In 2003, Miceli returned to Bamboo Restaurant as head chef shortly before opening the very popular Sushi Rock restaurant in his hometown of Hawi, where he served as chef and co-owner. After seven years, he launched his own private catering company, Rio Chef Services.

Sous Chef Christopher Galindo

Chef Chris began his culinary journey as a student of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento, California. Soon after his certification, he began an internship under the direction of Executive Chef Oliver Beckert where he honed his skills under Chef Beckert’s tutelage.

Galindo joined the Mauna Kea culinary team in April 2015 following a stint at the Four Seasons Hotel on Lanai.

Here at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, he has put his creative touch on new menus items at Number 3 and the beach side Hau Tree restaurants while assisting with management of the hotel’s multiple kitchens, staff development and training.

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