Beverly “Bev” Gannon is Maui’s favorite chef – bar none. There is no arguing with the 2007 tally of votes by readers of The Maui News and Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine’s own write-in votes from chef colleagues naming Bev as the “Best Chef on Maui.” Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in the Jewish tradition of eat, eat, eat, Bev reminisces, “It’s what really got me interested in food and its preparation.”
As chef/owner of Hali’imaile General Store in Upcountry, Joe’s Bar & Grill in Wailea, Gannon’s on the Wailea Emerald Gold Golf Course; and owner of the longest-running catering company on the island, Celebrations Catering, Bev is perhaps best known to foodies as one of the 12 original founders of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Movement which champions the concept of using fresh local
ingredients in island menus rather than importing ingredients from
out-of-state. Each of her three restaurants offers different menu
options but all feature island-fresh ingredients and flavors that define
Bev’s particular style and personality.
The recognition that Bev has gained for her island-influenced dishes has built a following of critical acclaim across the country. Bev was nominated in 2004 for the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Hawaii/Pacific Northwest” and as Corporate Chef of Hawaiian Airlines, her food was named “Best Food in the Air in North America” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler (2003, 2004 and 2006.) Bev has also made numerous television appearances including NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, and multiple shows on cable’s popular Food Network. She was further honored as one of the Great Chefs of Hawai‘i, a series on the Discovery Channel.
She has also received numerous local awards for her culinary accomplishments — honored by her peers with the Maui No Ka ‘Oi Ai’pono Award for “Chef of the Year” in 2006; Honolulu Magazine’s coveted Hale ‘Aina Award in 1999 and again for five years in a row 2002 – 2006, and she was proclaimed Maui’s “Best Chef” in 1997, 2007, 2009 and again in 2010 by readers of The Maui News.
After years of having customers and friends beg for her recipes, Chef Bev granted their wishes with The Hali‘imaile General Store Cookbook, published in 2001 by prestigious cookbook publisher 10 Speed Press (Berkeley, California). Her recipes have also appeared in Anthony Dias Blue’s book America’s Kitchen (1995) and she’s the only Hawaii chef included in Women of Taste, a cookbook that showcases 30 of America’s best female chefs (1997). Following the success of her first cookbook, in 2009 Bev published her second cookbook, “Family Style Meals at the Hali‘imaile General Store” which has become a favorite among her fans the world over.
From celebrated chef, successful restaurateur, airline Corporate Chef to published writer, Bev Gannon is a culinary celebrity whose star continues to rise to delectable new heights.