With all the recent Oscar nominations for Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed movie, “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, we were pretty excited to discover that one of our Honolulu personal chefs heralds from the culinary pedigree of none other than President Lincoln’s own personal chef, Henri Lambert.
Chef Henri was our Private Chef Ave’s great-grandfather, and his story was a remarkable one in the days of primitive transportation. According to Wikipedia and other websites, Henri (later Henry) Lambert, after working as the personal chef to President Abraham Lincoln, moved west and settled in Elizabethtown, New Mexico, with hopes of making a wealthy strike. When he found little gold, he opened a restaurant and saloon. At this time, Elizabethtown, Cimarron, and much of the surrounding area was owned by Lucien B. Maxwell and was a part of the huge Maxwell Land Grant. Maxwell enticed Lambert to come to Cimarron, whereupon he founded the Lambert Inn, which would later be renamed the St. James Hotel, which still exists today. We are delighted that the Lambert family’s culinary roots have been passed down through the centuries to our own staff of personal chefs.