D.K. Kodama

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Friday - April 29, 2005 Share | Del.icio.us | podcast Podcast | WineAndDineHawaii.com

D.K. Kodama first came to local and eventually national attention with his innovative cuisine in the form of Sansei Seafood and Sushi Restaurants on both Maui and here on Oahu. Today he is involved with a variety of restaurants, including Vino, Hiroshi’s Eurasion Tapas and the newly opened d.k. Steakhouse in Waikiki.


Name: D.K. (Dave) Kodama

Title: Chef/owner d.k. Steakhouse, Waikiki.

Age: 48

First professional cooking job? As a caterer in Aspen, Colo. We used farm-fresh items that were seasonal, using various cooking techniques and cuisines. This was my introduction to an incredible career in the culinary arts.

Favorite dish at your own restaurant? It changes all the time, but right now I love our dry-aged bone-in rib eye steak for not only its tenderness, but also its nutty and complex flavors. Great with our blue cheese butter and more blue cheese.

Favorite dish at another Hawaii restaurant? I love variety, that’s what makes Hawaii great! But Hiroshi Fukui makes this carpaccio with local moi and ponzu that is so perfect!


What’s always in your fridge? We have so many things that we literally have three full refrigerators/ freezers and two full freezers (five appliances in all).

Favorite late night snack? It would be Dungeness crab ramen with a truffled butter broth and fresh herbs like Thai basil, cilantro and green onions.

Who would you most like to cook dinner for? Lori, my wife; Brie, my daughter and Chev, my son. They love it no matter what! And it gives me the greatest joy to see their faces.

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