Japanese confections showcased in 'The Art of Dessert'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - All month long, guests are invited to enjoy the finest creations in Japanese confectionary at Halekulani. "The Art of Dessert" features sweets by Imperial Pastry Master Chef Kanjiro Mochizuki in conjunction with Halekulani's own Pastry Chef Mark Freischmidt.

Some of Imperial's best loved sweets, including tantalizingly named items like Tea Veil and Orchard, will be featured exclusively at the Veranda Tea Room through August 31. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3:00pm–5:30pm and costs $28 per person.

For reservations, please contact Halekulani Dining Reservations at (808) 923-2311 or click here to make a reservation online.

Master Chef Mochizuki is an award-winning chef, recognized internationally for his skills in the kitchen. Last year, Japan's government recognized him with a Labor & Welfare Excellent Craftsman of Today award, given to artists showing special excellence in their fields. Some of his world-class accolades include a Candy Creation Award in the 2002 American World Pastry Team Championships, in which he led the Japan Team. He continues to be a Japan Judge Representative in this contest. Also in 2002, Master Chef Mochizuki captured the Large Scale Pastry Chairman's Award in the National Western Pastry Show, the largest pastry competition in Japan.

Halekulani's Pastry Chef Mark Freischmidt will work in tandem with guest chef Mochizuki on this special event. Pastry Chef Freischmidt, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America's Baking and Pastry Program, has baked his way around the Americas, from his native Wisconsin, down to a luxury resort in Costa Rica, with many stops in between. His passion for this art drives his desire to constantly evolve the creation of pastry and breads, and his specialties are featured at Halekulani.

"The Art of the Dessert" showcases the alliance between Halekulani and Imperial Hotel Tokyo, which commenced in 2009. The partnership aims to create an exciting synergy and an expanded service platform for these legendary hotel companies, providing new levels of enhancements to their brands.

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