Name: Mark W. Adair
Position: Executive chef, Ihilani Resort & Spa
First job: Dishwasher in Denver
Favorite pastime: Skiing, motorcycles and fly fishing
"There are endless opportunities for creativity with the fresh seafood, exotic fruit, seaweeds and farm-fresh vegetables that surround me in Hawaii," Adair said.
His nine years as an executive chef have led him to hotels and restaurants in France, Switzerland and Scotland.
Adair also has served as the top chef at the Westin Resort in Vail, Colo., and at the Oaks on the Plaza at the Double Tree Hotels in Phoenix; Pasadena, Calif.; and Aurora, Colo.
Adair, having trained in France and the United States, is a certified culinarian and has won many awards. His achievements include a five-course luncheon in 1991 prepared for then-President George Bush, and a 1990 dinner where he was executive chef for a team that prepared a different dessert for all 180 diners.