Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Chef Mi Jin Kang Places 3rd at Hyatt Culinary Challenge

Competing against 12 regional champions, Andaz Maui’s Mi Jin Kang claims 3rd prize in Hyatt’s Americas Hawaii The Good Taste Series competition

MAUI, Hawaii (October 29, 2015) – The Good Taste Series announced the finalists of its second annual competition featuring Banquet Chef Mi Jin Kang of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in 3rd place. Judged by a panel of food and hospitality industry veterans, the 12 contestants prepared two food items that incorporated local ingredients, regional influences and represented Hyatt’s global food philosophy, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. Each plate was judged on taste, presentation, technique and authenticity.


“We are extremely proud of Chef Mi Jin Kang and all of the competitors who represent the fresh, creative talent at Hyatt hotels and resorts in the Americas,” said Susan Terry, Vice President, Culinary Operations, Hyatt, Americas  “This innovative competition is centered on developing sous chefs at Hyatt hotels and resorts, and it helps showcase not only our culinary talent, but also our commitment to our guests’ overall culinary experience,” Terry added. 


Chef Mi Jin Kang presented two plates, in two categories. In the first category, Chef Mi Jin Kang was inspired by churros and empanadas and created a “churropanada” with a pork and roasted corn filling. Showcasing her Korean heritage, Kang fermented local vegetables and paired the dish with nopales kimchee that had cilantro stems and jicama.


The second category was seafood, and contestants were required to incorporate both a local and sustainable seafood product in their dish. Chef Mi Jin Kang presented a Hawaiian and Guam inspired dish, paying homage to her two homes, and made a Hiramasa poke with fried garlic, Huitlacoche yogurt, caviar, Serrano peppers, and a forbidden rice cracker.


“Being a finalist at one of the most respected culinary competitions is such a tremendous honor. Beginning my career as a line cook to now cooking with some of the most respected chefs in the industry is just a surreal yet humbling experience,” said Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Chef Mi Jin Kang.


The Good Taste Series competition was comprised of twelve chefs that won regional competitions that took place earlier this year:

Hyder-Ali Abdussamad, Chef Tournant, Hyatt at The Bellevue

Jonathan Felix, Executive Sous Chef, Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Sean Glover, Executive Sous Chef, Hyatt Regency Reston

Robert Howell, Banquet Chef, Hyatt Regency Austin

Elizabeth Janocha, Cook I, Hyatt Regency Cleveland

Mi Jin Kang, Banquet Chef, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Ross Kilkenny, Chef Tournant, Hyatt Regency Monterey

Tony Marinas, Garde Manger Chef, Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Brian Martinez, Cook II, Hyatt Regency Jersey City

Jeffrey Samoska, Chef de Cuisine, Grand Hyatt Denver

Adam Solowitz, Executive Sous Chef, Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Jeramy Wooldridge, Executive Sous Chef, Hyatt Regency Atlanta


The Good Taste Series final event was judged by a panel of esteemed industry professionals that included:


Lesley Balla – Editor, Zagat; Food Critic, Angeleno magazine

Michael Costa- Industry Relations Editor, Hotel F&B magazine

Jimmy Im – Travel and Food Expert

Adrienne Jordan – Travel and Food Expert

Angelo Sosa- Chef and Restaurateur  

Mary Ann Zoellner– TV News Producer


For additional high-res photos from the event, please Erika Garcia-Lavyne at For more information about Hyatt’s global Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served philosophy, visit:


For additional information or high-res photos of Chef Mi Jin Kang or Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, please contact J Public Relations at


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Situated on Maui’s premier southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach, the 15-acre beachfront Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa features 297 guestrooms and suites, including seven luxurious two- to four-bedroom residential villas along with cascading outdoor infinity pools; a 14,000 square foot full-service spa with a private adults-only pool, apothecary retail and fitness facility; more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space and two highly acclaimed full service restaurants, including Morimoto Maui by acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Designed by world-renowned architects, Rockwell Group, Andaz Maui at Wailea captures the spirit of today’s Hawaii and is a certified LEED® Silver resort. As part of the Andaz brand, Andaz Maui at Wailea holds true to one of the brand’s core elements – maintaining a connection and relationship with its neighborhood and hosting Andaz Salon programs showcasing emerging talents.


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