“My culinary philosophy at AURA is to create a unique Pacific Rim inspired menu, while respecting the character of the food ingredients. Our menu is thoughtfully designed, innovative and original. Equally important is mentorship and collaboration. We strive to create a fun loving kitchen, with noise, laughter and some seriousness. I am a strong proponent of the Culinary Apprentice programs and love to see young colleagues push themselves to be the best they can be.”
Another talent Chef Ito brings with him is a passion for ice carving and he has competed across the country and around the world – both with his carving and his cooking.
And while Chef’s inspired dishes have made their way to AURA’s menu, including an increase in vegetarian and gluten free options, he is launching new menus seasonally to be sure he captures the very best of the Island’s seasonal bounty.