HONOLULU, HI (April 13, 2016)—Goodwill Hawaii proudly announces award-winning chef Jon Matsubara, Culinary Director of Forty Carrots at Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana Center, as the official guest chef of the 5th annual Goodwill Goes GLAM! presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation Gala Night on July 21, 2016, at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

“Goodwill Hawaii is extremely pleased to be working with Chef Matsubara on a menu plan for this elegant affair,” said the president and CEO for Goodwill Hawaii, Laura Smith. “Goodwill Goes GLAM! Gala Night presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation will be the culinary event of the season because of his expertise.”


Chef Matsubara’s award-winning culinary expertise has earned him a great deal of recognition and accolades throughout the years—including in 2007, where his role as Executive Chef for Stage Restaurant earned the restaurant Best New Restaurant by Honolulu Magazine’s Hale Aina Award and in 2010 when he helped to earn that same award and the Ilima Award for Hawaii’s Best Restaurants Critics Choice for Azure in Waikiki.


Chef Matsubara started his culinary career as a dishwasher in the renowned kitchens of Alan Wong’s and Roy’s Restaurant in Honolulu, which inspired him to attend the French Culinary Institute in New York. Yet even with the most humble beginnings, Chef Matsubara’s career soon blossomed with positions such as Chef de Partie in the infamous New York kitchens of Restaurant Jean Georges, Tabla and Bouley, and as Chef de Cuisine of Canoe House Restaurant in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.

Chef Matsubara’s award-winning culinary expertise has earned him a great deal of recognition and accolades throughout the years—including in 2007, where his role as Executive Chef for Stage Restaurant earned the restaurant Best New Restaurant by Honolulu Magazine’s Hale Aina Award and in 2010 when he helped to earn that same award and the Ilima Award for Hawaii’s Best Restaurants Critics Choice for Azure in Waikiki.

Celebrity Chef is a title that Chef Matsubara holds proudly, as he has been featured on the Food Network, Zagat and the Travel Channel, to name a few. On the Today Show, Chef Matsubara was able to share some of Hawaii’s flavorful cuisines with the world when he prepared local favorites while adding his own signature touches, including pork tacos with pineapple salsa and watermelon salad with macadamia nuts.

Most recently, Chef Matsubara created the chef-driven restaurant, Forty Carrots, in Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana Center as the Culinary Director.

The Goodwill Goes GLAM! Gala Night and Fashion Show presented by Bank of Hawaii Foundation is the exclusive kick-off event of the four-day benefit, which is followed by three days of retail sales featuring a vast marketplace of chic and vintage items collected from Goodwill Hawaii stores. This is the largest annual fundraiser for Goodwill Hawaii, which not only garners monetary support for their cause but also raises awareness of their mission. All proceeds benefit Goodwill Hawaii and their charitable contributions to the community and those facing employment obstacles.


Goodwill Hawaii’s 501(c)(3) non-profit mission is to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Supported by its retail operations and financial endeavors, its educational, employment and training programs have provided skills training, employment counseling, job placement and support services since 1959.
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