Wade Ueoka was born and raised in Honolulu, and graduated from Mid Pacific School. Wade took his first job as a fry cook at Zippy’s. Though his beginnings were humble, they did not deter him. Two years after working at Zippy’s, he landed a job as a prep cook at Alan Wong’s, and seven years after that, Wade rose to become chef de cuisine. Wade possesses a culinary degree from Kapiolani Community College, and notable stages at The French Laundry and Las Vegas’ Alex. His biggest inspiration, and the one that continues to drive him to this day are the Asian delicacies he grew up watching his mother cook.
In October 2013, Chef Wade Ueoka and wife/pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka opened their first joint venture, MW Restaurant in Honolulu where they specialize in Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Both have traveled around the world, and draw inspiration from their journeys, but none bigger than the melting pot of Hawaii, and its exotic local bounty. In February 2014, MW Restaurant was nominated by the James Beard Foundation in the category of Best New Restaurant.
James Beard Foundation
2014 Best New Restaurant (MW Restaurant, nominated)
StarChefs.com – Rising Star Award
2012 Rising Star Chef Award (Wade Ueoka, Chef de Cuisine)
2014 Best New Restaurant – Critics Choice
Hale ‘Aina Award
2015 Best New Restaurant – Bronze
2015 Best O’ahu Restaurant – Finalist
2016 Best Tasting Menu – Silver
2016 Best O’ahu Restaurant – Finalist