Chef Kevin Lee

Chef Kevin Lee is the Executive Chef and Owner of PAI Honolulu. An alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Lee spent 7 years learning and perfecting his skills in top New York City restaurants. He first started at a fine dining Indian restaurant, Tabla; then Oceana, an upscale seafood restaurant; and finally made his mark as Sous Chef at Dovetail by helping them achieve their first Michelin Star. Wanting to further his education and technique, Chef Lee spent 6 months in Hong Kong’s 3 Michelin Star Bo Innovation.

An opportunity presented itself in Hawaii for Chef Kevin Lee to develop and fine tune his own style. After only a few years, he was ready to open his own restaurant. He spent 4 years patiently and persistently searching for the perfect space and finally found it in beautiful Harbor Court, in downtown Honolulu.

PAI Honolulu has become one of the top new restaurants. Chef Kevin Lee’s philosophy of introducing quality, international flavors and ingredients, in a familiar way, is truly manifested through his dishes.  PAI received its name from the Olelo Hawai`i Ho`o.pai, which means to excite, encourage, inspire, and rouse. Chef Lee’s vision is to create a welcoming restaurant, where guests can enjoy great service and a culinary experience in a friendly atmosphere. Every dish is intellectually and passionately created, then beautifully presented. Chef Kevin Lee truly demonstrates through his unique creations, innovation and flavors that will excite your senses.