Wesley Pumphrey was appointed executive chef of Michael Mina’s signature steakhouse, STRIPSTEAK Waikiki in August 2019. In this role, Pumphrey will be responsible for overseeing all facets of food preparation and management of the kitchen.
Pumphrey brings with him more than 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He began his culinary career by working at various operations in California, such as La Folie in San Francisco and The Montage Hotel Parq Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Following these endeavors, he further improved his skills by joining Think Food Group in 2014. At Think Food Group, Pumphrey developed his proficiency in modern cooking techniques, as well as mastered classical Spanish flavors. Pumphrey graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with his associates of Occupational Science.
In collaboration with Michael Mina, Pumphrey is responsible for developing STRIPSTEAK Waikiki’s menu based on familiar flavors of Hawaii with an elevated steakhouse cuisine. Guests can enjoy items spotlighting the island’s seasonal bounty and unique fare based on personal experiences from the culinary team’s upbringings.
When Pumphrey is not working, he loves to surf and partake in anything aquatic. In addition, he is a devoted Los Angeles sports fan and is passionate about the Lakers, Dodgers and Rams. He also has a voracious appetite for any food creation which makes him the perfect candidate to lead the team at STRIPSTEAK Waikiki.