From The Kitchen
It was my Grandmother’s cooking that inspired me to be a chef, as food for her was a passion and her cooking was delicate, organic, and seasonal. She instilled a passion in me that slowly grew to become a lifetime passion and a lifetime profession. In France I learned to developed a close bond with the environment and nature and to celebrate the diversity of the vegetable garden in the food that I am cooking today. Another major influence on my cooking style is Japanese cooking with a deep respect of the seasons, tradition, having perfect harmony and obtaining a sense of balance. Traveling to Thailand and China gave me a deep appreciation for clean and bold flavors. It is in Hawaii that I developed my cooking style, and our menu reflects an unlimited range of fresh organically grown ingredients, fresh caught fish and ingredients inspired by our multi ethnic community.
“JO2 is a restaurant that I dreamed for a long time. A place where we can create modern dishes, with a clean feel, incorporating our heirloom vegetables grown here on Kauai, using only the freshest ingredients from the ocean. It is a place that is creative and routed in tradition. I spent plenty of time on the farm where I grew up in France and have come to appreciate how nature will always provide a large palette to work with.”