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Hilton Waikiki Beach Announces New Executive Chef

March 23, 2017 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

Hilton Waikīkī Beach has officially announced the hiring of its new executive chef, Rey Baysa. Chef Rey joined the hotel late last year and is leading the entire culinary operation for the property while overseeing the food and beverage operations of both the catering department and M.A.C. 24/7, which is a part of the hotel’s five dining outlets.

Chef Rey brings to Hilton Waikiki Beach over 30 years of diverse culinary experience with brands including Intercontinental, Westin, Embassy Suites, Ritz Carlton and Hilton. In addition, he has worked with various restaurants including Tommy Bahama and Hard Rock Café.

“We’re pleased to have Chef Rey as part of the Hilton Waikiki Beach ohana,” said Gary Manago, director of food & beverage, Hilton Waikiki Beach. “His professional career and experience has been a welcome complement to our current operations at the hotel.”

Chef Rey is a certified Chef de Cuisine who has worked throughout the Hawaiian Islands and whose career has taken him around the world to places like Boca Raton, Florida, Palm Desert, California and ultimately back to Hawaii. Trained in classic European and French cuisine, Chef Baysa adds a strong Asian influence to his culinary creations. Aside from his mentorship to chefs in the kitchen, he’s been heavily involved with community efforts that bridge food with philanthropy here in Hawaii and in Florida. Some of those efforts include the Taste of Hawaii benefit on Kauai, the Maui Food Bank and Taste of South Florida benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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