Shawn Nakagawa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. At a young age, his father, previously a Chef, taught him the importance of food sourcing from fishing and diving, then preparing and cooking a meal for their family. His interest in culinary started when he was a senior at Kaimuki High School where he joined a culinary apprenticeship program with Sous Chef Maelani Iokepa, his teacher and mentor. He later worked at Duke’s Waikiki and Kona Grill as a Line Cook before joining the Basalt team. As Jr Sous Chef, Shawn wants to showcase his talents in Hawaii’s diverse food culture with a focus on Japanese and Chinese cuisine. He simply just loves cooking for those who love to eat! What’s his favorite food? Ramen.