A lot of chefs could lay claim to being the best to ever do it, moreover, this is quite a subjective argument either way. However, there are a couple of things that could be generally considered when rating a generationally talented chef, two of those things being money accumulated throughout their career as well as consistency in the kitchen.
We can see these attributes across many different cooking styles, generations, and those brave enough to reinvent the wheel entirely. While not all of these chefs are still living today, there are many willing to take up the torch and carry on the art of food creation. The chef we will be talking about today, Alan Wong ticks both boxes.
He has been generally considered to be one of the richest chefs in history, if not the richest, he has been accepted as the prime example of what consistency can fetch you, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down even though he has entered his sixty-fourth year.
Alan Wong is a lot of things, and this extraordinary chef is such an inspiration for the upcoming generation of master chefs. So today, we will be looking at some of the things that have made this man a popular culture icon, we will be checking out his most popular restaurant, a top-notch cookbook that he wrote, and a host of other things.
Who is Alan Wong?
Alan Wong hails from Tokyo, Japan and he was born in the year 1957 in the first month of the year. Not much can be said about his early career asides from the fact that in the late 1980s he and a bunch of culinary experts brought their expertise together to birth the Hawaii Regional Cuisine. This cuisine was created to bring the exquisite nature of the Hawaiian cuisine overseas to America, and show the Americans what they have been missing all along.
Alan Wong had most of his education in the kitchen, crafting amazing delicacies for family members and an esteemed clientele. He furthered these qualifications by attending the renowned Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts program. Alan Wong is an avid businessman, and asides from his co-ownership of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine, he owns several restaurants in Hawaii and another one in his home country Japan.
In 2004, Alan Wong made his television debut as a guest judge on the “Top Chef”. The best part of the day’s show was when the Top Chef contestants, were welcomed by him to Hawaii, and then were challenged to cater his birthday meal with absolutely no supervision or hindrance.
Speaking of milestones, in 2009, Wong cooked one of his famous delicacies at the White House for the Obama administration at the annual White House Congressional picnic, becoming the first Tokyo born chef to achieve that honor. Alan Wong has achieved a plethora of awards for his good work. These are just a few achievements in the master chef’s storied career which goes to show that you can achieve just about anything as long as you put your mind to it.
Alan Wong’s Most Famous Restaurant
Alan Wong is an avid businessman, a master chef, a keen restaurant owner, and a staunch believer of the merits of investing smartly. Throughout his storied career, he has opened a host of top-notch restaurants, and even though the last one closed in November 2020 no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, he has proved to be one of the best to grace the restaurant scene (1).
It isn’t an easy feat choosing his best restaurant, but this piece would be incomplete if we don’t talk about the renowned cuisine known around Hawaii and the world as Alan Wong’s Honolulu. This restaurant changed the sphere of Hawaii, and coined a term known far and wide as the “Wong Standard”.
While it was in operation it could compete with just about any top-notch restaurant around the world, and that’s thanks to a bunch of fantastic features and a pristine reputation. It might not have been the finest spectacle judging from the outside, but as soon as you step in you’ll understand what all the hype is about.
The environment is extremely friendly, the cooks are super hygienic, the service is prime and proper, and the meals are simply delicious. There is an array of dishes ranging from seafood, to juicy deserts and that’s not even putting in perspective the Alan Wong special.
Alan Wong’s Cookbook
Having cookbooks in circulation seems to be a rite of passage for every master chef, and Alan Wong is no exception to that. He has highlighted some of the things that make him a sought out chef in his famous cookbook “Alan Wong’s New Wave Luau: Recipes from Honolulu’s Award-Winning Chef”. This cookbook dives neck-deep into the finest recipes of the master chef, and it shows us a side to him never seen before.
This book has been described as “a glamorous book full of color photos that convey the complexity of his lush and exciting cooking. It is also alive with Chef Wong’s passion for his Asian heritage and that of the Hawaiian Islands, where his restaurant has three times been selected Best Restaurant of the Year by Honolulu magazine.”
The book has an array of recipes, easy to follow steps, and top-notch illustrations that will let even a rookie have the chance to prepare amazing dishes like the great man himself. All that it requires is some time, effort, and proper scheming!
It is not a reach to say that Alan Wong has significantly impacted the culinary industry, this is a man that has amassed a net worth of $1.1 Billion, doing what he loves. He has been a staple in the industry for a couple of years now, and one of the things that endear him to the culinary community is his humility and desire to do better despite his fame and staggering wealth.
Alan Wong is a genuine personality, he is married to Jennifer Wong, who is also a chef with an accounting and finance background. He is a keen investor who puts a pulse on profitable ventures for him and his family, and he has been frequently referred to as the best chef in the world in terms of monetary value.
Alan Wong is a household name, he overcame adversity thanks to an ardent desire to be the best at that he does, and that’s why today we can say that he is the number one chef in the world, only a few come close!