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Celebrity Chef Poke Cooking Class

When: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lobby Lounge

Who’s hungry for some ‘ono poke? Join us Friday, April 21st as celebrity Chef Chris Sherrill and Chef James Aptakin co-host a live poke cooking class! Class starts at 12pm at The Point: Sunset & Pool Bar. This event is free and open to the public.

Be sure to join us Friday evening at Pa’akai as these esteemed chefs host a very special 5-course dinner with wine pairing.


About Chef Chris Sherrill

Chef Chris Sherrill was born and raised in Eufaula, Alabama. Chris knew at an early age that he wanted to cook. All throughout his time in Boy Scouts he honed his campfire and wild game cooking skills. In High School, the urge to cook was overwhelming and the thought of being a professional chef was equally inviting. In 1995 Chris entered The National High School Recipe contest sponsored by Johnson & Wales University. Chris' dish of Fruit Stuffed Quail with Orange Cranberry Sauce was Alabama's winning recipe! It also awarded Chris a scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC. During his time at Johnson & Wales Chris gained the knowledge he needed to bring his talents to the table.

In addition to being a professional chef and restaurateur, he and his wife Jenny have 4 children. Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, coin collecting and of course being a Father.

Chris was selected to cook for the 2012 Olympics in London where he and a team of chef's from the Gulf Coast brought the rich tradition from that area to London to cook for American Olympians and their families. In 2015 He represented The Flora-Bama Yacht Club at the World Food Championship where he finished 3rd in the world.

Accomplishments include winner of the 2012 Alabama Festival of Flavors, 5th annual Hangout Oyster cook off and People’s Choice. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Perdido Key Wine and Arts Festival,’s top 10 best burger on the island. Eagle Scout class of 1992. In 2015 he won the Zatarain’s Restaurant Challenge and is currently working on his return showing to World Food Championship in the fall of 2016.

Chris has just begun his 4th year at the Flora Bama Yacht Club, in Perdido Key, Fl and is looking at plans for future new concepts.


About Chef James Aptakin

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Chef James was influenced first by his mother, and by living 20 years with and dining on the city’s South American food flavors. Chef James’ formal cooking education began on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) where he learned to cook for 6,000 aircraft carrier crewmembers. He later received his degree from the California Culinary Academy, and the Culinary Institute of America. Moving to California, and living in the San Francisco’s Bay area for 22 years gave Chef James the opportunity to develop a large volume background, cooking for thousands at a time at hotels, casinos and convention centers. Continuing westward, James moved to Hawaii in 2011 where he incorporated his South American flavors and California flair with local farm-to-table and Pan-Asian-Hawaiian fusion into even more award-winning menus.

No stranger to TV cameras, Chef James’ has many TV appearances over the last few years. Just to name a few, Taste of America, Home Shopping Network (HSN) promoting his sauces, a Zagat-produced show about high-end Spam dishes; featured on Cooking Hawaiian Style and Living Local; and featured on the FYI Network’s Food Porn with Michael Chernow, and Guy’s Grocery Games. At home in Honolulu with his wife, Ruth, an ICU RN, James enjoys ocean sports, exploring new restaurants and traveling. However, his true passion is philanthropy, bettering the lives of others as his adoptive family did for him when he was four.