James Babian

James Babian


About James Babian

Throughout his 30 plus culinary years, partnering with local farmers and fishermen still excite him. His steadfast philosophy is to create rewarding dining experiences that are culinary adventures for the soul – highlighting his commitment to regional, seasonal and artisanal (handcrafted) products. “At Pueo’s, your culinary adventure will be grounded in Hawaiʻi – but the flavors will take you abroad to Italy,” said Chef Babian.

My Venues


  • Chef of the Year
    Big Island’s American Culinary Federation
  • Best in Show
    Las Vegas Culinary Challenge
  • Guest chef
    James Beard House

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

Bev Gannon's wood grilled
"Bev Gannon's wood grilled local beef crostini"
The chef line up for tomorrow
"The chef line up for tomorrow nights farm to table dinner"
Having dinner with all  our
"Having dinner with all our guest chefs, Danny from Mission Chinese restaurant, Joey from little owl and Bev Gannon restauranteur extrodomaire."