Chef shines behind the concert stage

Steve Ozark
Steve Ozark
Sarah Shoup
Sarah Shoup

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - 80's phenom group Journey has three sold out shows on Oahu and another performance on the Big Island this week. But even before the music starts, another group takes center stage.

For more than 30 years, Steve Ozark's been the man with the tasty plan. He's fed them all.

"The eagles, the stones,U2, janet, Mariah," said caterer Steve Ozark.

The owner of "Caterer to the Stars" is known as one of the best in the world.

Want only brown M&M's in your bowl and the rest picked out? No problem. The word "can't" isn't in Ozark's vocabulary.

"If Michael Jackson wants 30 cases of Perrier to take a bath in with his monkey, I'm fine with that," said Ozark.

His secret is simplicity.

"We make food that people can recognize, it's not so fancy and piled up, it's just more food so when they look at it they go, I know what that is and boy it's good," said Ozark.

"Fit to order, it's fantastic," said Production Coordinator Sarah Shoup.

Before groups like Journey take the stage, crew members believe where it all matters is the food.

"You have to have food to work the long hours that we work and as hard as we all work, if you don't have the power to sustain that energy, you're kind of screwed," said Shoup.

Ozark buys mostly organic and local foods. But, what sets him apart from the rest are details, details, details.

"Once you stop caring about how you're cutting it, how you're prepping it, how you're buying it, what you're buying. That's when people can tell the difference," said Ozark.

As for "Journey", Ozark says they're pretty simple. But he does make sure lead singer Arnel Pineda gets his fruit and special teas before he hits the stage.