Tahitian/French and originally from Tahiti, French Polynesia, I grew up all over the place and moved a lot because of my father's job. My first language is French and I have been learning English since my young age. Spent a couple years in Paris, Corsica, New Caledonia to finally be back to my home country at the age of 13. At the age of 18, I moved to Hawaii for college and started my first year with a Liberal Arts. After a semester, I found myself really questioning what I really wanted to do with my life. As I grew, so did my passion for food and wanted to cook professionally. I have always loved cooking and helping my mother in the kitchen since I am young and it felt right to me to follow this passion.
I decided to enter into the Culinary Arts Program at Kapiolani Community College on Oahu. What a challenging and rewarding adventure I got to experience and grow from.
From learning cooking basics in a foreign language, to participating to various cooking competitions such as the ACF Student Western Competition in Los Angeles, California, to wining the Stella Artois: Brewing Future Minds Competition which leaded me to be featured at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival 2018 with my wining dish. Representing Kapiolani Community College at HFW for the first time in 7 years. I graduated with an AS in Culinary Arts in Fall 2018.
I pursued my educational path with an Advance Professional Certificate in Culinary which is part of University of Hawaii's Bachelor Program in Culinary Management.
Surrounded by such a supportive family, I decided to create my own path in the Hawaii culinary scene and bring a touch of my Polynesian and French culture to the industry and share my passion and love for cooking through my food. This is how I came up with Nohea's Kitchen concept. A French Bistro with a touch of Tahiti in Hawaii's biggest indoor marketplace!
To me, cooking and food brings people together and I couldn't see myself doing anything else in life and I am so excited to be on this journey!
I am Ivan Reyes. I am originally from Kansas. I spent couple years in North Carolina and then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. My first language is Spanish as my origins are Mexican and Panamanian. After a few years in Alaska, I first moved to Hawaii to go to college and study accounting.
Since a very young age, I found myself a strong passion for cooking and always wanted to go to culinary school, so I decided a few years ago to enter the Culinary Arts program at Kapiolani Community College on Oahu.
Nohea and I pursued our culinary studies together and took most of our classes together. From fundamentals of cooking to participating together as a team to the ACF Student Western Competition in Los Angeles, California and to graduating together in Fall 2018 with an AS in Culinary Arts. Sharing the same passion and love for cooking, we enjoy working with each other and got along very well in the kitchen. Little did we know, a year later, we both decided to start Nohea's Kitchen's journey together and share with you all our passion for cooking. The beginning of a challenging and beautiful adventure!
About Nohea's Kitchen
Nohea's Kitchen has for mission to provide authentic Tahitian Food and French Cuisine. Using locally sourced ingredients whenever it is possible and the freshest produces on a daily basis. Cooking with love and passion is the key for us. Our goal is to share the Tahitian food culture and create this fusion with French street food. In Hawaii's largest indoor marketplace, our goal is to make you experience the atmosphere of a typical Paris Bistro with a touch of island style. We are excited for you all to follow us on this beautiful journey!