James Mullis experienced his first malasada at the age of six. Somewhere between the sugar-dusted dough and deliciously filled center, he fell in love. But to James, malasadas were more than pastry perfection; they were reminiscent of what he loved most about his home: welcoming and diverse. Hawaii is a melting pot of culture, pulling culinary influence from the Philippines, Japan, and Portugal.
At the age of 21, James left his home in Hawaii for Huntington Beach, California in hopes of bringing the unique flavors he grew up with to the West Coast. The pursuit of his dream proved to be an arduous process of trial and error, but James knew compromise was not an option. He spent his time vetting and assembling the perfect team of chefs who understood and shared his passion. After years of research, James put together a duo of illustrious chefs, Lincoln Carson and John Park. Today, he proudly presents Fill, an ode to Hawaii and the embracing culture that shaped his childhood.