About Ippy

Philip “Ippy” Aiona, 23, is already a veteran to the Food and Beverage Industry. Aiona grew up in his father’s Hawaiian plate-lunch restaurant and held his first executive chef position at his mother’s Italian Popular Eatery, Solimene’s. Aiona’s mother is originally from New York, and his dad is a native Hawaiian, exposing him to different types of cuisine from an early age. Also a native to the Island of Hawaii, Ippy attended the prestigious Hawaii Preparatory Academy prior to leaving the island for his culinary pursuits at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco.

Aiona and his culinary talent has been recently brought to the limelight by joining the cast of Season 8 Food Network Star as a Finalist on Team Giada. Ippy was the youngest person to have been featured on the show.

Upon his return from NYC and the production of Food Network Star, In , Ippy was recognized by Forbes as one of 2012’s ‘Best 30 Under 30’. Currently, Aiona is set to make waves on the Big Island with his new Gastropub in the Waikoloa Resort area. His menu and creative vision for this space is one that will invigorate and inspire the Hawaiian Foodie culture and visitors to come. Aiona creates whimsical plates, meant for sharing and utilizing Fresh Pacific ingredients married into his style of New European cuisine.

Chef Ippy Aiona