Chef Noah Hester is an award-winning chef and serves as the Brand Manager for Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the hand-crafted bourbon created by his father-in-law who happens to be NFL Hall of Famer and multifaceted entertainer Terry Bradshaw.
Noah and his wife Lacey Hester, the daughter of NFL legend Bradshaw, recently became the proud owners and proprietors of the historic Hamm’s Meat + Market in McKinney, Texas.
Though Chef Noah doesn’t consider himself a “celebrity chef,” his culinary talents have received national attention following his starring role in E! Entertainment’s hit show “The Bradshaw Bunch.” While he appreciates the recognition, he prefers that his cooking skills stand on their own award- winning merits. Among his many culinary accomplishments, Chef Noah has been named one of the most brilliant chefs in the country by Best Chefs America. A two-time honoree, he is only one of 15 chefs to receive the accolade in Hawaii and has also garnered awards from West Hawaii Today newspaper for Best Seafood, Best Restaurant, and Best Chef of West Hawaii four years in a row while at the helm of Blue Dragon restaurant. His expertise also earned Blue Dragon a spot in Yelp’s Top 50 Best Outdoor Restaurants in the country.
Born in Texas, Chef Noah began his culinary journey while growing up on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii, where he discovered his love for Pacific Rim flavors. He moved on to Nashville, where he immersed himself in southern cooking in the city’s burgeoning culinary scene. While Noah, Lacey and their children, Zurie and Jebediah, still spend time at their second home in Hawaii, the family
currently lives near Dallas where Noah has returned to his Texas roots. His distinct culinary style combines the spirit of Aloha with southern flavors.
A professional chef for more than 20 years and more than 25 years of restaurant kitchen experience, Chef Noah has showcased his culinary talents in top restaurants on the Big Island, including the award-winning Blue Dragon Restaurant. He counts renowned chef Alan Wong, one of the 12 founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, among his influences.
In addition to his roles with Bradshaw Bourbon and Hamm’s, he is the corporate chef for RNC Entertainment and tours with Koe Wetzel. He also does VIP meet and greets in select cities, which include a four-course meal with drink pairings.
Chef Noah creates custom hot sauces for music artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and has collaborated with Bradshaw to launch a product line of Chef Noah Hester signature sauces including Hawaiian Chili Water, a traditional condiment found on most Hawaiian family’s tables that is handcrafted with Hawaiian chilis, fresh garlic, sea salt, ogo seaweed, rice vinegar and water, Bradshaw Bourbon BBQ Sauce, which features the award winning Kentucky bourbon at the heart, and Black Garlic Smoked Soy Sauce, a unique combination of flavors showcasing Chef Noah’s love for Hawaii and its many cultures. All three signature sauces are sold in 5 oz. and 12 oz. bottles on his website at ChefNoahHester.com.
In Hawaii, Chef Noah founded Puako Provisions & Catering, offering custom meal preparations, personal shopping and event catering. Through his private catering services, he makes it easy for families to create quality meals through signature recipes with what he calls a “sophisticated meets laid-back beach vibe.”
Sophistication meets laid-back beach vibe
The Taste of Hawaii Island
- Ahi and avocado sashimi, smoked soy sauce, grated ginger
- Tofu watercress Panzanella salad with kim chee vinaigrette
- Lemongrass infused fresh catch, Coconut whipped purple sweet potato, baby bok choy, mango coulis
- Short bread cookies with orange infused whipped cream and seasonal fruit
- Big island raised wagyu carpaccio; quail egg yolk, smoked sea salt
- Ahi poke cucumber cups with wasabi aioli
- Miso glazed kona kanpachi, namasu, and Chef Noah’s chili water
- Beet and kale salad with li hing mui dressing
- Pan seared fresh catch, Shiitake-ginger pesto, wilted watercress, Steamed rice, Unkle Noah’s smoked soy sauce
- Purple sweet potato cheesecake
The Height of Big Island’s Bounty
“Noah's creations worked out beautifully with our request of a tasting/hors d'oeuvre menu. We were very satisfied with the value received: Noah did all the work himself and left our kitchen even better than when he arrived. We highly recommend working with Noah Hester and Puako Provisions & Catering.”Howard M.
“Chef Noah mixes fabulous flavors together that are just scrumptious and work. I hired him for several days of catered lunches... everyone raved. Love the fact he uses local meat and vegetables. Hurray for Chef Noah. A real gem for Big Island!”Laurie D.
“Best poke we had on any island and we've had quite a bit of poke. Seriously, the depth of flavors was unsurpassed by anything we had anywhere during our vacation.”Bryan D.