Pop-Up Chef

Kai Kani


About Kai Kani

Kai Kani is a 15-year-old prodigy chef. At the tender age of 2, she would spend her days watching the Food Network. By the age of 3, her mom had a new helper in the kitchen. Over the past 12 years, Kai has perfected her skills in the kitchen and has crafted many original dishes like cabbage slowly cooked in coconut butter with smoked almond, a foie gras macaron with black truffles, kombu cured snapper, with lemongrass, white shoyu, and lime. Along with her innovative dishes, Kai has also proven her skills as a pastry chef by hosting private events for Oprah Winfrey, Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and LL Cool J. In March, she worked at the James Beard House Foundation featuring Chef Bruce Kalman in New York City. She has been a professional chef competing on NBC's "Food Fighters." Kai has been a featured chef at St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels annual "Evening on the Beach" event in the Summer of 2015. She will be a features chef again this year. Kai runs a bi-monthly pop up in Los Angeles for 20 guests, featuring a 11 course tasting menu. Most recently Kai was a part of the 2016 Oscars Gift Bag. Kai's style of cooking is Progressive Modern American. As influenced by some of the best, Thomas Keller, Daniel Humm, Curtis Duffy, and Rene Redzepi, she focuses on using organically farmed and locally sourced ingredients. Kai currently interns at The Gadarene Swine. With a few cookbooks in the works, working to open a restaurant and her constant pursuit of new flavor collaborations Kai experiments with multiple aspects within the industry. At 15, Kai has accomplished a great deal within the culinary arts, and will continue to do so for years to come.