Kajioka leaving Vintage Cave

Apr. 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Vintage Cave, at Ala Moana Center, will be bringing in four chefs specializing in Japanese, Italian and French cuisine to take the exclusvie restaurant in a new direction. (Courtesy Vintage Cave)

Vintage Cave, at Ala Moana Center, will be bringing in four chefs specializing in Japanese, Italian and French cuisine to take the exclusvie restaurant in a new direction. (Courtesy Vintage Cave)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

Chef Chris Kajioka, who has wowed diners with his culinary creations, is leaving Vintage Cave Honolulu.

In his place, the fine-dining establishment is bringing in four distinguished chefs who will represent four distinct culinary disciplines, according to a news release. Though they haven’t yet been named, the restaurant promises some of them have earned Michelin stars, ratings indicative of exceptional food.

Vintage Cave chef Chris Kajioka will leave the exclusive restaurant this summer. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jamm Aquino)

Vintage Cave chef Chris Kajioka will leave the exclusive restaurant this summer. (Star-Advertiser photo by Jamm Aquino)

A chef specializing in Japanese cuisine will oversee a prominent sushi chef, and a chef excelling in the French culinary arts will oversee the Cave’s European cuisine. A chef of classic Italian cuisine is also part of the lineup.

More on the chefs’ identities will be released in the coming weeks once they fulfill their obligations with their current employers.

Kajioka, 30, is leaving on amicable terms to spend more time with his wife and his 6-month-old son, according to the statement. He is expected to make his departure sometime this summer.

Another change to the restaurant is a revamping of the Investors’ Club room, which currently houses a notable collection of original artwork, into a sushi bar helmed by one of the new chefs. The sushi counter and room is expected to be completed in July.

In the meantime, Kajioka is serving a 14-course degustation menu for $295. Call 441-1744 or visit vintagecave.com.

The restaurant on the street level of Ala Moana Shopping Center, below Shirokiya, was opened by Japanese developer Takeshi Sekiguchi in December 2012.

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