Chef Gevin Utrillo
Japengo Chef de Cuisine
"Growing up in Hawaii has flavored my cooking style, which is influenced by the ethnicities found all over the Islands. The Japengo menu is 'Pacific-Rim' influenced, which means that we utilize the 'big' and 'unique' flavors reflective in the ethnic groups of Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, and it definitely does not stop there. We take the flavors from these cuisines and prepare these bounties in a modern interpretation, without compromising their authentic focus. Our goal is to create a pleasurable and memorable Japengo dining experience by providing authentic ingredients and preparations."
Born and raised in Lahaina Maui, Chef Gevin was always fascinated as a kid watching his family cooking for parties and get together. "We always had the freshest fish, meats and vegetables available." It was his dad that inspired him to become a chef, as dad was the cook of the family. "My dad would work a full day in the sugar cane fields of Lahaina and still was able to have a wonderful meal for dinner."
Chef Gevin started his Hyatt career at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki in 1994 before leaving the islands for culinary school in 1999. He is a graduate of the The Art Institute School of Culinary Arts in Seattle, Washington earning his degree in 2001. In Seattle, he worked in the kitchens of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and left to help open up a restaurant in Ballard. An opportunity in 2001 led Chef Gevin to Northern California to open as Sous Chef for Ono-Maze, a Pan-Asian restaurant in the upscale bay area neighborhood of Walnut Creek.
With the birth of his daughter in 2004, Chef Gevin moved his family back to his hometown of Lahaina. "Not only did I want to raise my family on Maui but I missed the food and ingredients that the islands offered." While back home, Chef Gevin learned sushi at Sansei Kapalua before coming back to the Hyatt in late 2004.
Here at the Hyatt Regency Maui Chef Gevin has held most of the chef positions in the resort from Garde Manger Chef, Chef Tournant, Cascades Chef de Cuisine, A.M. Chef, and currently, Japengo Chef de Cuisine.
Chef Gevin resides in Lahaina with his lovely wife Marisa, and children: Shawn, Mia, and Megan.