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A Maui chef showcases skills outside the kitchen. His secret ingredient for art: Driftwood

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A former teppanyaki chef on Maui is getting a lot of attention – not for his cooking, but rather for his creative works of art.

Cris Gutierrez had a successful teppanyaki catering business on Maui for 20 years. It shut down last year when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“I sort of just hung out at the beach and prayed. And after a few weeks, I kept going back and forth and asked the nature if I could do something,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez found inspiration underfoot: The driftwood on the beach.

He transforms driftwood into sculptures.

Perhaps his

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