Makani Gerardi

Los Angeles

Burgers


Specialities

Burgers, farm-to-table, Hawaiian

About Makani Gerardi

Makani Gerardi didn’t intend to build a gourmet burger empire, but with two successful outposts--Ultimate Burger in Kona, HI and Pono Burger in Santa Monica, CA--she’s on her way. Gerardi appreciates the relaxed, casual vibe of a burger but elevates it with her technical training and reliance on local, environmentally conscious ingredients. As she puts it, what makes a great burger is that each component is a star on its own but can also meld together harmoniously as a whole.

Gerardo was born and raised in Hawaii, and trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and the Culinary Institute of America in CA. She has also worked as a private chef for several prominent clients.


Interview with Chef Makani Gerardi



Makani Gerardi's Video Tutorials

Working With Heirloom Tomatoes

Makani Gerardi
Easy

Heirloom tomatoes from the farmer's market pack flavor and sweetness that elevate any dish.

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Guava Crunch Burger

Makani Gerardi
Intermediate

"It's all about the crunch, the coolness from the coleslaw, the meatiness, the smokiness... This to me is a little piece of heaven."

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Pink Coleslaw

Makani Gerardi
Easy

"A nice creamy coleslaw that I love for barbecues. It's also really great for pairing with anything spicy."

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Russet Potato Chips

Makani Gerardi
Easy

These crispy homemade potato chips are fresh, crispy, and easy to prepare.

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Spicy Guava Rum Sauce

Makani Gerardi
Easy

This sauce is deepy reminiscent of the Hawaiian islands.

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Techniques for Grilling with a Wood Fire

Makani Gerardi
Intermediate

I hope you cook for your family using a wood-burning grill 'cause the flavor is amazing, it's through the roof.

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