Hawaii Mom Blog: PR: Halekulani Announces Food and Beverage Team Promotions & New Appointment




September 9, 2022

PR: Halekulani Announces Food and Beverage Team Promotions & New Appointment


Award-Winning Luxury Hotel Appoints Three Exceptional Executive Chefs (photos courtesy of Halekulani)

Halekulani, Oahu’s most acclaimed luxury hotel just steps away from Waikiki beach, announces several team developments within its Food & Beverage department.  The property’s very own Orchids Chef de Cuisine Christian Testa and La Mer Chef de Cuisine Alexandre  Trancher have both been promoted to new Executive Chef roles. Additionally, Ms. Pauline Lam joins the  hotel as Executive Pastry Chef. The three chefs will bring their collective expertise to perpetuate Halekulani’s legacy for award-winning cuisine and gracious service.  

After serving as Orchids Chef de Cuisine for six years, Chef Testa has been promoted to Executive Chef of  Halekulani. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the culinary operations across all the hotel’s  dining venues, including Orchids, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge and Cattleya Wine Bar. He will also  oversee Banquets, Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant and In-Room Dining. Under Chef Testa’s direction,  Orchids was recently named the reference restaurant for outstanding Italian cuisine in Hawaii from the  Honorary Consul of Italy for the State of Hawaii. 

Chef Trancher has been promoted to Executive Chef of La Mer after overseeing the restaurant for over a  decade as Chef de Cuisine. In his new position, Chef Trancher will be responsible for leading the culinary  operations of the award-winning restaurant and L’Aperitif. Under his culinary leadership, La Mer has  remained one of the most prestigious fine dining restaurants on Oahu and Hawaii’s longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond and Forbes 5-Star restaurant.  

Executive Pastry Chef Pauline Lam joins the award-winning culinary team. With over 20 years of  experience, she has trained at Le Cordon Bleu London, and worked as a Pastry Chef at several well-known  restaurants, such as Bouchon Bakery, under the direction of renowned Thomas Keller, as well as Spago. 

Chef Lam will oversee Halekulani’s bakery and dessert operations, ensuring the quality execution of bread,  pastry and dessert items across all food and beverage outlets. 

“We are delighted to announce the promotions of Chefs Testa and Trancher, as well as welcome Chef Lam  to our esteemed Food & Beverage team,” said Ulrich Krauer, General Manager of Halekulani. “I have no doubt that this exceptional and dynamic team will sustain Halekulani’s legendary dining experiences and  gracious hospitality for many years to come.” 

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